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Getting to the heart of fossils

29-04-2016

Scientists have discovered, for the first time, a fossilised heart in a 119 million-year-old fish from Brazil called Rhacolepis. This has been possible thanks to the powerful X-rays of the ESRF, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France. This breakthrough...

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New type of charge-ordering transition in the novel iron oxide Fe4O5

28-04-2016

Synthesis of new classes of compounds can lead to discoveries of novel physical phenomena as well as innovative applications. Fe4O5 is the first member of a very recently discovered family of iron oxides that can be synthesised only under high-pressure conditions. A...

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Topping-up the electrons: a constant beam for users

28-04-2016

Top-up filling burst in to operation for the first time this week, providing users with better stability, low vertical emittance in all filling modes and a nearly constant beam current.

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HERCULES: training the large-instrument scientists of the future

22-04-2016

ID01, Tuesday morning. Five young scientists scrutinize the screens in front of them while Marie Ingrid Richard, researcher on the beamline, shows them how to aim the X-ray beam onto a silicon-germanium wafer to map its strain and structure. They are participants of...

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Winners of Physics Olympiads visit ESRF

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15-04-2016

On 21st April 2016, the ESRF welcomed the winners of the 2nd prize in the French national physics Olympiads competition. They are a team of six high school students from the Lycée Viette in Montbéliard (north-east from Grenoble), who won the prize for their work entitled...

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X-rays enable a direct view inside biological cells

14-04-2016

Structures within intact biological cells have been resolved quantitatively at the nanoscale using a combination of ptychography and scanning X-ray nanodiffraction. Employed sequentially, these techniques provided high resolution real space and reciprocal space images...

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Real-time X-ray imaging of silicon wafer fracture

01-04-2016

Fracture and breakage of single crystal silicon wafers is a severe problem for the semiconductor industry leading to million dollar costs. This is a fast and multi-lengthscale process: a crack starts on an atomic scale, forms crack fronts on a micrometre scale and ends...

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Where science never sleeps

30-03-2016

Sleepless night are common among scientists that come to the ESRF to carry out experiments. They all know too well that precious beamtime should be used to the maximum, so working 24 hours a day is not unusual. Now a team from Nature magazine has followed different...

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ESRF’s popularity reaches a record high

30-03-2016

Beamtime is heavily in demand for another year running at the ESRF, with a record number of requests received for experiments to be scheduled from August 2016 to February 2017.

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Metallic ink revealed in Herculaneum papyri

21-03-2016

An international team of scientists has discovered the presence of metal in the ink of two Herculaneum papyrus fragments proving that metals were used in ink several centuries earlier than previously believed.

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Observation of superconductivity in H2S by nuclear resonant scattering

18-03-2016

The Meissner effect is used as proof of the superconducting nature of a material and typically demonstrated by the levitation of a magnet as the material reaches its superconducting state. A new approach was needed to study a superconductor created inside a high pressure...

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Young EUCYS prize winners visit ESRF

17-03-2016

This week the ESRF has welcomed Ori Lavi and Avner Okun, winners of the ESRF EIROforum prize at EUCYS 2015 (European Union Contest for Young Scientists).

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ESRF-EBS selected as landmark for ESFRI 2016 roadmap

10-03-2016

The ESRF-EBS project has been highlighted as an ESFRI landmark in the 2016 ESFRI roadmap. On 10th March 2016, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures, at the launch event in Amsterdam....

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Element-selective measure of atomic polarisation by XANES in external electric fields

09-03-2016

The electrical properties of functional electric materials can be studied using a new technique involving X-ray absorption spectroscopy. External electric fields were found to produce shifts of XANES spectra providing an element-selective measure of atomic polarisation...

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Tracking live how catalysts deteriorate

09-03-2016

Catalytic converters are crucial elements in automotive industry in the process of turning harmful compounds in car exhausts into harmless compounds. Due to the harsh conditions during catalytic reactions, they deteriorate with use and time and eventually become less...

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