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The Earth's inner core has unusual elastic properties with a Poisson's ratio close to the value for rubber. A cylinder with the same Poisson's ratio as the inner core would deform as shown in the figure when a force is applied in the direction of the arrows. Credit: Catherine McCammon.

What’s going on at the centre of the Earth? Scientists think they have the answer


Scientists looking for answers to questions such as ‘how did the Earth form 4.6 billion years ago?’ and ‘why do the current conditions on the Earth’s surface exist?’ have a new explanation for the way that the materials inside the Earth’s core...


The students have a series of lectures on X-rays and neutrons as well as working on research projects in the lab.

20 places up for grabs in ESRF-ILL second joint international student programme


Undergraduate students are being offered the chance of four weeks invaluable experience living and working as scientists in the capital of the Alps in Grenoble, France. The joint ESRF-ILL international student summer programme is running for...


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...


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The orbital dipolar currents (in blue) and orbital anapole currents (in red) of the Co atom.

Strong X-ray magneto-chiral dichroism in paramagnetic molecular helices


Chiral systems, objects that are not superimposable on their mirror images, show differential absorption of left and right circularly polarised light. When chiral systems are also magnetic, they can adsorb unpolarised light in a different way...


Lenses in a 3 mm x 3 mm diamond plate produced by laser-cut technology.

Diamonds have just become a scientist's best friend


Diamond’s high chemical and temperature stability make it an ideal material for lenses that focus tiny but powerful synchrotron X-ray beams. However, machining diamond is very difficult because of its hardness. Scientists at the ESRF have successfull...


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...


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