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What is Diamond?

Diamond is the UK's national synchrotron science facility. It's shaped like a huge ring, and is a bit like a giant microscope. Diamond speeds up electrons to near light speeds, producing a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’; here scientists use the light to study everything from viruses and vaccines to fossils and jet engines.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. 

Here you can read about cutting-edge scientific research taking place at the synchrotron; and find out when your next chance is to visit Diamond. So take a look around, and find out what lies within the walls of the synchrotron.

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