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Beatrice Ruta, Beamline Scientist at the ESRF and winner of the 2015 Young Scientist of the Year award

Young Scientist of the Year unveiled at ESRF Users' Meeting


The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, has announced its 2015 Young Scientist of the Year award at the 25th annual ESRF Users' Meeting this week. (9-11 February 2015). Beatrice Ruta, a Beamline Scientist at the ESRF, was given the accolade for...


Close up photography of Herculaneum Papyrus scroll PHerc.Paris.4. The photographied zone is 5cm. Credit: E. Brun

Ancient books destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius ‘read’ for the very first time


Writing that has lain undiscovered for centuries inside a scroll that was charred in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD has been uncovered for the first time. The text, which was written inside a so called ‘papyrus roll’ that was found...


Example of a daguerreotype after treatment with a reductive afterglow. The afterglow is able to improve the readability of the faintly tarnished zones such as the central person such as the garment and the arms. Credit: Patrick Storme

Earliest photographs analysed at the ESRF


Some of the earliest photographs on record have been studied at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF, by scientists trying to work out the best way to preserve them. The images were made using the first form of analogue photography available to...


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Interfacial magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures

Interfacial magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy


Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are usually incompatible phenomena and their mutual influence is known to be a proximity effect. Using a combination of polarisation dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy and atomically resolved electron...


Short-range order of solvent molecules at a nanoparticle's surface.

Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles


Colloidal nanoparticles are widely used in dispersed form for consumer and industrial goods. However, little is known about the chemical environment near the particle surface. Using high-energy X-ray scattering at the ESRF, it has now been shown...


Image of an atomised UMo alloy particle, with UMo grains in green and U(C,O) impurities in blue. Combined results of an XRD-CT analysis with a 0.2 µm resolution.

Nanodiffraction imaging of impurities in atomised particles


Nano X-ray diffraction computed tomography (XRD-CT) at the ESRF has been used to image the microstructure of UMo alloy atomised particles at the nanoscale. The results show that carbide impurities form during the solidification of these particles...


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