So day one of my placement was largely admin and setup. I want to keep every post about it short, but this would be a particularly slow one so to make up for it, here’s my day in haiku form:
Today was safety. Big lasers are dangerous, But I am now ‘staff’.
Welcome to Diamond,
Itching to get started now?
Let the games begin.
3 April 2013: Diamond contributes to the development of a new vaccine for the Foot and Mouth disease virus (FMDV). These show the electron density calculated from the X-ray crystallographic analyses of FMDV serotype A22 ‘empty shells’ shown in the vicinity of the pentamer interface both with and without a modification engineered to ‘fasten’ together the adjacent pentamers.
18 March 2013: This superb aerial shot of Diamond was taken from 3000ft, above the restricted flight zone by Tony Crowe - see more on his flickr page.
4 March 2013: Diamond Brought to Light - This new video from Diamond Light Source tells the behind the scenes story of the installation of a key component in our 562m accelerator. Meet our engineers as they bring our giant machine to life.
25 February 2013: A pirani gauge on one of Diamond’s Insertion devices - the magnet arrays that wiggle the electron beam to generate very bright light. Photo courtesy of Bill Nicholls.
18 February 2013: Electron density map of EV71 - An Anglo-Chinese collaboration used the facilities at Diamond to solve the structure of the Human Enterovirus 71 (EV71), which is the root cause of the disease. Using synchrotron light, the team were able to visualise the virus in different states and collect a series of structures, from which they were able to uncover a detailed picture of the virus’s actions in sequence - rather than being a rigid object, the virus appears to actually “breathe”.
Someone has been working too long at the synchrotron… Image courtesy of Tim Nicholls @timcnicholls.
14 January 2013: Looking through an open sector gate valves used in the storage ring. There is one either end of a string of three girders (sections of the particle accelerator). Image courtesy of Bill Nicholls.