The Sychrotron

The Synchrotron

The Synchrotron

Prof Fred Mosselmans and Dr Ed Rial from Diamond light Source will be talking about the Synchrotron.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.  By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research.

Fred Mosselmans is a Principal Beamline Scientist on one of the experimental stations at Diamond. His station specialises in microfocus spectroscopy, a technique which allows scientists to create detailed elemental maps of their samples. Fred’s background is in chemistry, having studied at Cambridge University, and completed a PhD at Southampton. His research interests include metal in tissue in relation to failed medical implants, determining the speciation of metals in earthworms and their outputs (that’s a euphemism), and various studies related to cultural heritage in collaboration with a group from Kent.

Ed Rial works as a physicist in the Technical Division of Diamond. The Technical Division is responsible for the design, assembly and operations of the Diamond accelerators, and as an Insertion Device Physicist, Ed works on the special magnets that produce the very bright light that scientists such as Fred use to perform their investigations. Ed studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Birmingham, plays the piano, enjoys archery and has a Krypton factor of 24.