Early Career Engineering School

Nov 12. till Nov 16.

Early Career Engineering School

An engineering school with the aim of providing a basic grounding in a range of areas specific to working at a Light Source.

12/11/20182018-11-12 - 16/11/20182018-11-16
Diamond Light Source, UK
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Diamond Light Source invites engineers from Light Sources around the world to attend a training school that address many of the technical issues that arise when designing, building and testing systems for Light Source facilities. The school is specifically aimed at engineers new to a career in Light Sources.

Over the course of five days, attendees will cover topics such as how to define systems requirements, system design and integration, CE marking, the applications of 3D printing; as well as more specific technical issues such as vibration, heat transfer and thermal stability. 

Programme Content

 The workshop will cover the range of topics as below; 

An overview of experimental techniques

An overview of vacuum

Determining system requirements

Fast Feedback systems

System integration and stakeholder identification

Thermal management – extracting power

An overview of accelerator components

An overview of vacuum

Insertion Devices for synchrotron light sources

Thermal and vibration stability - Analysis

Properties of light

Thermal and vibration stability - Validation

Optics, mirrors and monos etc (IR to 100 KeV X ray)

Motion (selection of actuators and control)

Optical analysis tools such as XOP

Survey and alignment

Precision mechanics (flexures, air bearings, special materials)

Application of additive manufacture


CE Marking

Diagnostics and Detectors (sizes, types, data rates)



Learning Outcomes

After attending the school students will be able to;


  • Outline how X-rays are focused and parameters that are used to define the X-ray beam
  • Describe the major components in an X-ray beamline
  • List the technical challenges when designing a major component in an X-ray beamline
  • Give examples of different types of detectors and their characteristics

Requirements definition

  • Outline some methods in determining the system requirements
  • Define the types of parameters used to produce a requirements document


  • Give examples of methods of cooling optical components and state their advantages and disadvantages
  • Show how to calculate cryogenic thermal heat transfer and expansion problems
  • Describe the challenges in improving the stability of systems and identify methods of measurement
  • Compare the suitability of ball bearings, air bearing and flexures for different rotation applications
  • Justify the choice of actuation systems

Manufacture and installation

  • Give examples of different alignment and survey equipment and outline the advantages of each method
  • Recognise in which situations 3D printing of components could be an advantage.
  • Summarise what the CE marking procedure is and list some of the applicable directives


Applications are now open and will close on the 3rd August.  

Apply for The Early Career Enginnering School

For any questions please email events@diamond.ac.uk 


The fee for the workshop will be £500 which will cover 5 days of lectures, 4 nights of accommodation and all meals for the duration of the course.