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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

04-03-2015

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 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

03-03-2015

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...

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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

13-02-2015

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

Diamonds have just become a scientist's best friend

16-03-2015

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...

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Interfacial magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures

Interfacial magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

26-02-2015

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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Short-range order of solvent molecules at a nanoparticle's surface.

Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles

26-01-2015

Colloidal nanoparticles are widely used in dispersed form for consumer and industrial goods. However, little is known about the chemical environment near the particle surface. Using high-energy X-ray scattering at the ESRF, it has now been shown...

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