A formal collaboration between The University of Manchester and Diamond Light Source was established in May 2010. Manchester contributed financially to the building of the Diamond Manchester Imaging Branchline and continues to contribute to its beamline staff, operations and development. In return, Manchester has guaranteed access to beamtime at Diamond. This amounts to 50% of beamtime available for users at the I13 Diamond Manchester Imaging Branchline; 15% may be spent on other beamlines. Diamond owns and has overall responsibility for the branch line, and provides all other funding necessary to ensure the beamline conducts world-leading science. The current collaboration agreement will last until 2020.
Manchester uses the Diamond Manchester Imaging Branchline for research that spans materials science, biomedicine, geology and engineering - as well as methods development in X-ray imaging and tomography. This work has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize. Manchester has their own peer review panel to ensure that the highest quality science is undertaken.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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