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A 3D reconstruction of a representative segment of the prismatic layer. Credit: I. Zlotnikov

The shell of Giant Mediterranean fan mussel provides new insights into biomineralisation


Scientists have followed the growth process of a giant Mediterranean fan mussel by creating a 3D reconstruction of part of its shell, using X-rays at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF. The study of the mollusk has revealed fundamental detail...


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.


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A crossed Ga2O3/SnO2 multiwire structure viewed with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray fluorescence nanoimaging.

Crossed Ga2O3/SnO2 multiwire architecture: a study of local structure with nanometre resolution


Crossed nanowire structures are the basis for the high-density integration of a variety of nanodevices. The intersections of the nanowires play a critical role in creating hybrid architectures, therefore a nanometre-scale investigation of the...


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...


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