The winner will be able to bring five family members along on the day and the group will be taken on a special VIP tour of Diamond by Prof Andrew Harrison, the facility’s Chief Executive. During the tour, they will be able to visit the machine tunnels where light 10 billion times brighter than the sun is generated. The family will also be able to meet scientists who use Diamond’s X-rays to study everything from new drug targets for deadly diseases; conditions that lead to volcanoes erupting; the optimum materials for nuclear waste containment; the fundamental science that will bring us more powerful computers; and the energy advances that are needed to build a more sustainable future for the planet.
This competition comes hot on the heels of a similar one that ran in First News, a magazine aimed at primary school children. It was extremely popular, attracting over 1600 entries. Nathan Jeffery from Gillingham in Kent was selected as the winner. Nathan, who is 11 years old, brought his parents, sister and their two friends along to Diamond on Sunday 8th November. Nathan comments, “I hadn’t heard of Diamond before entering the competition but I love science and was very excited when I heard that I was the winner. My family and I had a brilliant day.
"Andrew Harrison took us to see all the tunnels that make up the synchrotron, including the main storage ring where the light is generated. We also got to speak to some of the scientists that use Diamond for their experiments. We spent a long time talking to Phil Manning from the University of Manchester. He does very cool work on dinosaurs that is helping us lean more about how these amazing creatures lived and died. That was the highlight for me and I know my family and friends really enjoyed the day too.”
Nathan Jeffery stands on the yellow line that indicates the path the electrons take around the synchrotron