On Friday 8th January 2010 Diamond became the proud owner of a new instrument that will enhance the capabilities of the facility’s surface and interfaces research village, enabling more complicated and sensitive experiments.
The Reflectivity and Advanced Scattering from Ordered Regimes end station, or RASOR, as it is known, is a soft X-ray diffractometer that enables scientists to study strongly correlated electron systems by directly probing their magnetic, charge and orbital structures. This area of research can potentially provide a fundamental basis in the pursuit of a new generation of electronic data storage equipment, such as ultra-fast memory devices.
|The team involved with RASOR|
During the official handover ceremony at Diamond, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham, Prof. Chris Higgins, congratulated everyone for delivering a successful project, before handing over to Prof. Gerd Materlik, CEO of Diamond, who thanked those involved for their hard work and spoke about the importance of collaboration and scientific advancement.
RASOR is a multipurpose end station that can be used for both diffraction and reflectivity techniques. It will initially be installed on Diamond’s Nanoscience beamline (I06), before moving to its permanent home – the Beamline for Advanced Dichroism Experiments (BLADE, I10), which is currently under construction. Upon its completion and installation at Diamond, Prof. Hatton is delighted with the results.
“The RASOR project is unique in that it is an instrument built by the user community for the user community. It is immensely rewarding to see the close collaboration between Durham, Diamond and STFC successfully result in a versatile instrument on time and on budget. My research group and I are looking forward to using RASOR in the future.”
Prof Peter Hatton, University of Durham
Commissioning of RASOR took place in the autumn of 2009 with the first X-ray beam in the instrument in October last year. The first scientific results were collected soon after by Dr Beale, successfully demonstrating both reflectivity and diffraction techniques. Based at the Diamond synchrotron, Prof. van der Laan, is pleased with the project.
“It is exciting to see RASOR up and running on I06 at Diamond. The first results that Durham achieved were very promising and we hope for many groundbreaking results in the future that will continue to push the boundaries of our knowledge of the electronic and magnetic structure of materials.”
Prof Gerrit van der Laan, Diamond Light Source
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