SU4786 : Diamond Light Source from the Ridgeway

taken 4 years ago, near to Chilton, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Diamond Light Source from the Ridgeway
Diamond Light Source from the Ridgeway
As close a look at Diamond Light Source as my hand-held camera allows me to take from the Ridgeway 2km to its south. The large circular building covering most of the width of the photo is the electron storage ring at Diamond Light Source. On the left next to it can be seen Rutherford-Appleton Lab's Satellite Ground Station Facility, a 12m diameter dish antenna used for communications and data transfer from and to various satellite missions.
Diamond Light Source
Diamond Light Source LinkExternal link is the UK's central facility for research with x-rays.

Synchrotrons like this are bright x-ray sources with variable energy, used for experiments in biology, materials science, chemistry, physics , geology and archaeology. Scientists travel to these facilities to set up their experiments during an allocated time slot (typically a few days at a time), sharing the beamlines and other infrastructure provided by the lab.

Diamond was built from 2003, and the first beamlines have become operational in 2007. Since then, new beamlines have been added in three phases, with the last tranche being built in 2015/16. Previously, the UK had a first-generation synchrotron source at Daresbury (Cheshire) Link , which was decommissioned in 2008. The UK also has a share in the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) at Grenoble in the French Alps. In addition, UK scientists frequently use synchrotrons in other countries, and researchers from elsewhere come to Diamond for experiments.

Diamond Light Source isn't generally open to the public, but they offer regular open days and also arrange visits for schools and colleges LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 March, 2017
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Research Centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 477 863 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.4184N 1:18.7172W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 477 841
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