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Dr. Spinella (left) and Francesco Sette (Director General, ESRF) at beamline ID20, examining a diced analyser crystal used for high-resolution spectroscopy experiments.

ESRF host a visit from the Italian CNR


A delegation led by Dr. C. Spinella of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) visited the ESRF today, 10 April 2015.


The core of the moon revealed by synchrotron light


Seismic recordings obtained by the Apollo space programme (Apollo lunar surface experiments package) provide valuable information about the inner structure of the moon. However, this data is not sufficient to determine the structure and the...


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...


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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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