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On Thursday 2nd December 2010, leading scientists and policy makers gathered at Diamond Light Source for the official opening of a unique new research station that can create molecular-scale 3D images of large objects such as aerospace and engineering components, and explore their structures in atomic-scale detail.
Diamond’s I12 Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing Beamline Experimental Hutch 2 (known as JEEP EH2) produces one of the largest high-energy monochromatic X-ray beam of any synchrotron in the world, and also has an exceptionally large sample mounting stage, housed in a specially constructed end-station. While most synchrotron beamlines focus brilliant light or X-rays on microscopic samples such as protein crystals, JEEP can be used to examine massive samples over a metre long and up to 2,000 kg (2 tonnes) in weight and position them with micro-metre accuracy.
Lord Broers, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and now Chairman of Diamond Light Source, said: “Diamond provides world-leading experimental facilities for UK science and industry. By enabling large-scale components to be studied in such incredible detail, JEEP marks a real advance in our technological capabilities.”
“The information we can now obtain from JEEP will help us develop new processes, improve material properties and reduce cost. This detailed, in-situ examination of advanced engineering materials will enhance the durability of aerospace components.”
Professor David Rugg, Material Specialist from Rolls-Royce
“As new facilities become available at Diamond, we are able to attract researchers from an ever increasing number of scientific disciplines. The opening of JEEP and the other new beamlines we are building will further enhance Diamond’s capability to support UK science and industry and contribute to economic growth.”
Professor Gerd Materlik, CEO Diamond Light Source
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