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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

23-10-2014

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...

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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

20-10-2014

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...

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ESRF directors welcome a delegation from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility

ESRF hosts a visit from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility

14-10-2014

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

27-10-2014

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...

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140 ps snapshot of a fuse rupturing.

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

10-10-2014

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...

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

Spheres becoming worms: elucidating the transformation of surfactant micelles

26-09-2014

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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