The machine is an assembly of components used to produce, confine and maintain a high energy electron beam in a closed orbit for periods of several hours while the electrons produce synchrotron light for a wide variety of experiments.
Diamond will ultimately host up to 40 cutting edge research stations, or beamlines, supporting the life, physical and environmental sciences. Each individual beamline is specifically designed to support a particular research community or technique.
A beamline has four major sections:
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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