Synchrotron Radiation: a bright light for science

30.10.2019 11:15 – 12:15

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. The machine accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’. Here, scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. Whether it’s fragments of ancient paintings or unknown virus structures, at the synchrotron, scientists can study their samples using a machine that is 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope.
I will illustrate the main characteristics of the light produced at Diamond, the way it is generated by means of dedicated devices and the techniques used to improve the quality of such radiation by a substantial reduction of size and divergence of the electron beams. I will show a comparison of the different solutions adopted in present and (near) future machines and conclude with few science cases related to the use of synchrotron radiation at our facility.


Bâtiment: Ecole de Physique

Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24
1211 Genève 4
Grand Auditoire A

Organisé par

Faculté des sciences
Section de physique
Département de physique nucléaire et corpusculaire


Marco Apollonio, Dr, Diamond Light Sources, UK

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: Diamond light source

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