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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...


Jean Susini, ESRF's new Director of Research for Life Sciences

ESRF Council appoints new Director of Research and welcomes Russia


ESRF Council has appointed Jean Susini as the new Director of Research for Life Sciences. Jean replaces Bauke Dijkstra, who has held the position since September 2012. The appointment, made during the 62nd Council Meeting comes into effect from...


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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...


Visualisation of the microstructure inside a molten silicate glass during high-temperature heat treatment.

Coarsening and break-up revealed by X-ray microtomography of phase-separated glasses


A team from ESPCI, CNRS and Saint-Gobain studied the microstructure formation in a molten silicate glass during high-temperature heat treatment using X-ray microtomography at beamline ID19. They observed the glass phase separate into two phases....


Snapshots (taken at frequency 10 ms) of the kinematic effect of hopping of PHA crystals.

Jumping crystals: the structural details of their impressive motility revealed by in situ X-ray powder diffraction


Certain crystals, when taken through a phase transition, are dramatically self-actuated and jump abruptly to release the internal strain, leaping to distances many times their own size. This rare phenomenon of “jumping crystals”, known as the...


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