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Visitors to the ESRF making their way to the start of their tour. Credit: C. Jarnias/ESRF.

ESRF welcomes hundreds for Fête de la Science open day


Hundreds of people visited the European Synchrotron, the ESRF, over the weekend as part of Fête de la Science. The facility, along with the Institute Laue-Langevin, which is on the same site in Grenoble, opened its doors to members of the public...


ESRF directors welcome a delegation from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility

ESRF hosts a visit from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility


The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, has hosted a delegation from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). Representatives from both organisations met during the two day visit to discuss the potential for future collaboration.


The Crystal Z game. Credit: Caliente Raymond/Studio Bam Bam/La Casemate

ESRF celebrates the International Year of Crystallography during Fête de la Science


The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the ESRF, is celebrating the International Year of Crystallography during the three week Fête de la Science festival. Underway right now in Grenoble and running until 19 October, Fête de la Science...


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140 ps snapshot of a fuse rupturing.

Ultra-fast processes imaged with picosecond hard X-ray flashes


Ultra-fast processes such as shock waves or crack propagation in solid matter can now be studied by direct space imaging thanks to single-bunch imaging techniques. The flash of X-ray light from a single bunch of electrons in the storage ring...


Surfactant micelles transform from spheres into worms at high salt concentrations.

Spheres becoming worms: elucidating the transformation of surfactant micelles


The morphological transformation pathways in micellar systems are still not well understood despite over a century of research in surfactant science. This is mainly due to lack of sufficiently fast methods that capture structural changes underlying...


Nano X-ray fluorescence images of copper in the cortex (left) and stele (right) of a secondary root in field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).

Molecular form of copper in root cells of a non-hyperaccumulating plant grown in an urban setting


Metal acquisition or detoxification in the roots of vascular plants occurs through biochemical mechanisms that involve specialised metal-complexing molecules. Current knowledge is largely based on hyperaccumulating species having high metal...


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