New powerful sources and advanced analytical techniques have been considered in the last decade to face up the continuously increasing scientific demands, in particular in materials science. Non-thermal synchrotron radiation emission in the infrared (IR) range represents a huge brilliant source that allows performing non-destructive spectroscopical and imaging experiments with spatial and time resolution not achievable by any conventional source.
In the Invited Article by Augusto Marcelli et al. on p. 1999 ff. selected examples of experiments are presented which demonstrate the great advantages of an IR synchrotron radiation source, in particular opportunities offered by time-resolved spectroscopy and imaging in materials science and biology (© 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)