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Synchrotron Focus

5 Feb 2021

Curling wands and flat irons can damage the keratin proteins that make up about 85% of our hair, now the process can be observed as it happens with synchrotron vacuum-UV radiation.

4 Feb 2021

A major advance in brain tumour diagnosis made by a research team from UK institutions using infrared spectroscopy at Diamond is highlighted in a short video.

24 Nov 2020

Professor Peter Lay from the University of Sydney has been awarded the Australian Synchrotron Lifetime Contribution Award by ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

17 Aug 2020

Synchrotron infrared nanospectroscopy has been used for the first time to measure biomolecular changes induced by a drug (amiodarone) within human cells (macrophages) and localised at 100 nm scale, i.e. two orders of magnitude smaller than the IR wavelength used as probe.

30 Jun 2020

The presence of kaolinite haloes surrounding ancient fossils is believed to have kept destructive bacteria at bay, stopping decay. The small molecular differences of the clay were analysed with the synchrotron infrared microbeam at Diamond Light Source.

12 Dec 2018

The synchrotron radiation-based technique, 57Fe nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy, has been used to probe the hydrogen bonds that modulate the chemical reactivity of enzymes, catalysts and biomimetic complexes.

21 Aug 2018

Using spectroscopic techniques including Raman and XANES, 3.4 billion year old microfossils from Western Australia’s Strelley Pool formation have been shown to be chemically similar to modern bacteria. This all but confirms the biological origins of the fossils and ranks them among the world’s oldest.

17 Jul 2018

A study recently conducted at the circular dichroism beamline (B23) at Diamond Light Source could pave the way for a new forensic DNA profiling technique.

21 Mar 2018

Synchrotron analysis using X-ray spectroscopies shows potentially harmful metals from implants can find their way into human organs.

9 Mar 2018

A combination of synchrotron techniques at the UK’s Diamond Light Source is being used to research the effect of conservation choices on corrosion of iron cannonballs from the Tudor warship, Mary Rose.

24 Nov 2017

The SESAME light source in Jordan has seen First Monochromatic Light through the XAFS/XRF spectroscopy beamline.

1 Dec 2010

Nati Salvadó, Salvador Butí and Trinitat Pradell have used a number of techniques to investigate changes in pictorial techniques in Catalan paintings in the 15th century. The combination of different techniques is of particular value. The use of synchtrotron radiation as a light source is also an advantage.

1 Oct 2005

This article highlights four areas of research where the use of tunable synchrotron radiation radiation in the vacuum-UV has led to important discoveries. These studies have exploited the tunability of such sources, albeit at moderate resolution.

1 Dec 2003

This article looks at the advantages of synchrotron radiation for infrared microspectroscopy, selected applications and its future potential.