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Two million hours of science

DOI: 10.1038/nmat2305 DOI Help
PMID: 18955989 PMID Help

Authors: G. N. Greaves (Centre for Advanced Functional Materials and Devices, Aberystwyth University) , C. R. A. Catlow (University College London) , G. E. Derbyshire (STFC Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus) , M. I. Mcmahon (University of Edinburgh) , R. J. Nelmes (The University of Edinburgh) , Gerrit Van Der Laan (Diamond Light Source)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Nature Materials , VOL 7 (11) , PAGES 827-830

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2008

Abstract: The world's first dedicated X-ray synchrotron radiation storage ring, the Synchrotron Radiation Source or SRS (Fig. 1), is closing down this autumn after 27 years of operation. Designed, built and commissioned at Daresbury Laboratory in less than four years, it thrust the United Kingdom into a world-leading position in 19801, delivering the first uninterrupted beams of intense X-rays. Since then, the use of synchrotron X-rays has led to major advances in both fundamental and applied science, which at the SRS has ranged from the structure of glass to catalysts in operation, from the crystallography of proteins to elements at high pressure, and from semiconductor surfaces to the magnetism of atomic layers, to take just a few examples. The SRS has had a substantial role in what has truly become a revolution in characterization science. With over 5,000 papers published, research and instrumentation from the SRS continues to influence facilities across the world.

Subject Areas: Materials


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