Laura Holland

When?
Thursday, March 19 2015 at 7:30PM

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76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Who?
Laura Holland

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Located near Didcot in Oxfordshire, Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, used by over 3000 scientists to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

Half a kilometre in circumference, the machine speeds up electrons to near light speeds so that they give off a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into multiple laboratories where 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.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.