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Diamond celebrates Transformational Upgrade and Picture History

Mar 28 2022

With 2022 marking 15 years of Diamond Light Source delivering innovative science to the worldwide science community and also 20 years since being set-up, the Harwell-based facility is celebrating its double anniversary by revealing plans for Diamond-II, which has recently been granted preliminary funding. This transformational upgrade will enable a huge expansion of UK science capabilities as it involves a coordinated programme of development combining a new machine, five new beamlines and a comprehensive series of upgrades that will transform Diamond’s ability to generate scientific knowledge and impact on 21st century global challenges. Additionally, it is also curating a special outdoor photographic exhibition made up of over 70 stunning scientific images selected from Diamond’s science archive taken over the past two decades.
“We are entering a new era of opportunity with the advent of fourth generation synchrotrons. Progress in accelerator technology means Diamond-II will offer the scientific community in academia and industry the opportunity to exploit much brighter photon beams and an increased coherence over a large energy range on all our beamlines and additional beamlines,” said Professor Andrew Harrison, CEO of Diamond.
He adds that Diamond’s success owes a great debt of gratitude to the trust and commitment of its funding agencies the UK Research and Innovation’s STFC (Science Technology and Facilities Council) and the Wellcome Trust who have provided ongoing support and are fully behind Diamond.

The Anniversary Science Images exhibition will be open to the public as part of Oxfordshire’s annual ArtWeeks Festival from 14th-22nd May. Visitors will be able to view the images on sections of Diamond’s exterior perimeter fence surrounding its huge iconic ‘silver doughnut’ shaped building.

The images chosen to make up the exhibition were selected from Diamond’s rich science archive to give an insight into what goes on inside this leading science facility whilst also capturing the beauty of it. Taken by professional photographers, plus some of the scientists themselves they range from artistic images of the building and its technology to microscopic pictures of scientific samples being examined. These latter pictures are taken using the special technology and super bright light from Diamond’s beamlines which help scientists to make the invisible visible and advance science.

“We are delighted to share these stunning images of science in action at Diamond. Our specialised technology is set up to take great images of our instrumentation and these can be astoundingly beautiful. This anniversary exhibition will show people just how wonderful and inspirational science and engineering can be,” Professor Harrison added.

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