The New Light Source (NLS) project, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will be led by Professor Jon Marangos from Imperial College. It will draw on the scientific and technical expertise within STFC, Diamond Light Source Ltd and UK universities. Professor Richard Walker, Technical Director at Diamond, will manage the accelerator design.
"Diamond Light Source is a cutting-edge research facility, and provides a world-class service for its users. However, we need to be continually looking to the future, to what the UK community will be looking for in the decades to come. This project will allow the scientific community to share their vision for future light sources, and discuss how this can be realised."
Prof Richard Walker, Diamond Technical Director
The NLS project will be overseen by an NLS Board, chaired by Professor Tim Wess of Cardiff University. The Board met for the first time on 5th March 2008 and agreed the initial project plan and timescales, which are focused on a 6 month consultation with the scientific community to determine the priority science drivers for the project.
The community consultation was launched on 11th April at The Royal Society, London. In the next phase, the scientific community is invited to a series of workshops taking place across the UK to provide their input. More information on these workshops is available on the NLS website.
The New Light Source project aims to use exceptionally intense, ultra-short pulse photon beams to explore in unprecedented detail the dynamical properties of materials, probe the structure of atoms and molecules, and investigate chemical reactions. It will enable studies that are not possible with current laser or accelerator technologies, such as measuring structural dynamics in matter of all kinds, understanding warm dense matter, studying matter far from equilibrium and tracking phase changes in real time, measuring electronic dynamics in real time (attosecond science), and using light to control, rather than simply observe, complex matter.
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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