Friends Science Visit @ Diamond Light, Harwell

Thursday 19th April 2018 @ 16:00

A Behind-the-Scenes visit to Diamond Light Source, Harwell, the UK's national synchrotron science facility located at Harwell Science and Innovation Park, Oxfordshire.

The Diamond Light synchrotron is half a kilometre in circumference, and produces very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light that are used to carry out research into fundamental particles.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

The machine accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off 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 a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Whether its fragments of ancient paintings or unknown virus structures, at the synchrotron, scientists can study their samples using a machine that is 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope.

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.

The draft timetable for the event is as follows:

•13:50 for 14:00 coach departure

It is estimated that the coach will pick up at the junction of Queens Gate and Cromwell Road, on the north corner by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD.

•15:45 for 16:00 start of visit at Harwell

If you are making your own way there ensure you arrive in time to join the rest of the group for 16:00.

•16:00 – 16:45

Welcome and overview of the facilities, seated talk.

•16:45 – 17:45

Walking tour of the facilities with no real seating opportunities, so please be aware of this and sensible footwear is recommended.

Light refreshments will be provided before departure.

•18:00 event ends and coach departure.

It is estimated that the coach will arrive back to South Kensington at 19:45.



Venue: Harwell Science and Innovation Park

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