From the Director – Keith Nugent

Content Image Inline I'm passionate about the Australian Synchrotron and it's a real privilege to be able to contribute to its future success as part of such a fantastic team.


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Up to Speed

Content Image Inline This month our short interview features Dominique (Dom) Appadoo, who heads the Australian Synchrotron's high-resolution far infrared beamline.


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SAXS experts find new uses for leather

Content Image Inline Australia may once have ridden on the sheep’s back, but it’s a New Zealand researcher who has discovered the secret of making sheep leather as strong as cowhide.

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Beamtime Applications

Beamtime submissions for round 2011/3 (September-December 2011) will close on 23 June 2011.

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Has your work featured in Lightspeed?

It’s almost four years since the Australian Synchrotron first opened its doors to users and we’re contacting researchers whose work has been featured in Lightspeed to find out what progress they’ve made since they used our beamlines.

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Synchrotrons connecting with local industries

Business operators and industry leaders looking to innovate are connecting with researchers working on new technologies and government representatives who can assist the innovation process.

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Synchrotrons in the News

Biological remains of extinct animal entombed in stone
Tooth decay breakthrough
Frogs legs galvanised into action again
Could city s**t be good for farming?

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Watch these spaces

Content Image Inline "The user accommodation rooms will be so good that we're worried our users won't want to leave," says Alexis Kouts from the Synchrotron's Major Projects and Technical Services Group.

Although the user accommodation won't be finished till 2012, several of the other new building facilities at the Australian Synchrotron are close to completion. The National Centre for Synchrotron Science has an upper floor and walls on three sides, cables are being installed inside the extended switchroom, and the technical services building and the office extension pod are expected to be ready for staff to move in within two months.

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Imaging and medical beamline update

Content Image Inline Commissioning of the imaging and medical beamline (IMBL) has recommenced following several months of construction activity. The first high-resolution imaging experiments in the satellite building are scheduled for October 2011.


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XFM cabins take shape

Content Image Inline Two new user cabins are being constructed for the convenience of users and staff on the x-ray fluorescence microscopy (x-ray microprobe) beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.

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Science Advisory Committee

The Australian Synchrotron is "... structurally in excellent shape for continued operation and expansion", according to Ted Baker, chair of the facility’s science advisory committee.

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Hot Papers

The top 20 most-cited papers based on research undertaken at the Australian Synchrotron have been cited a total of 351 times in the scientific literature, according to the Scopus index as of 14 June 2011.

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Wanted: PAC Men and Women

Do you know someone who has the breadth and depth of synchrotron research experience to assess and rank merit proposals to use Australian Synchrotron beamlines?

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Photo Competition Results

The winner of our inaugural photo competition is ...

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Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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Space for Your Event

To submit your synchrotron-related event for listing in Lightspeed and on the Australian Synchrotron website, click here.

Reader Feedback

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Use of Lightspeed Material

Material from Lightspeed may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged, e.g. 'This material first appeared in the Australian Synchrotron's Lightspeed newsletter, June 2011'.

Careers at the Australian Synchrotron

The Australian Synchrotron offers a unique working environment for a wide range of specialists. For information on job postings, go to:

Staff List