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Piling for new synchrotron lab begins in Oxfordshire

Kier Moss began piling for the world’s second longest synchrotron tunnel in June, and construction is now well underway at the Diamond Light Source laboratories in Oxfordshire.

Stretching 250m away from the iconic building and surpassed only by Spring 8 in Japan, the new beamline will enable a special type of experiment called coherent imaging. Principal beam scientist professor Christoph Rau said that creating a minutely detailed holographic image will facilitate “exciting” research in a wide range of sciences, including the fight against cancer and atomic-level imaging as among possibilities.

“Although this is a technically complex build, it is exciting to be involved.”

Glyn Salmon, Kier Moss

The doughnut-shaped Diamond Light building houses a 14-beam particle accelerator which generates intense beams of light for three dimensional X-ray imaging of biological samples.

Kier Moss director Glyn Salmon, said: “Projects at the cutting edge of science like Diamond are pretty rare, so although this is a technically complex build, it is exciting to be involved.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Don't exactly know what work is involved in this one Graham. Any chance you could find anything out?

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