Light project launched

The Science and Technology Facilities Council has launched a project to develop the science and technology case for a new light source facility


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched a project to develop the science and technology case for a new light source facility.



The New Light Source (NLS) project will bring together expertise from STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Didcot-based Diamond Light Source, along with input from university teams nationwide.



The project launch follows an international independent review on how the UK could best position itself globally in the development of new light sources to succeed the current generation of machines.



The project will be headed by Prof Jon Marangos from ImperialCollege as project leader and Dr Frances Quinn from the Daresbury Laboratory as project manager.



The New Light Source project aims to use exceptionally intense, ultra-short pulse photon beams to explore in unprecedented detail the dynamic properties of materials, probe the structure of atoms and molecules, and investigate chemical reactions. It will benefit a range of scientific disciplines including physics, biology and technologies not possible with current equipment.