From the Director – Spreading the Light

Content Image Inline With the end of 2011 rapidly approaching, it’s time to say thank you to the thousands of people who have helped to make this such an amazing year for the Australian Synchrotron.


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Up to Speed

Content Image Inline This month our short interview features Peter Jones from the Australian Synchrotron’s accelerator operations team.


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A killer new discovery

Content Image Inline The discovery of a new component of the immune system – a new type of natural killer T-cell – has important implications for our understanding of the immune system and how we might combat immune diseases.

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Iron work to boost rice diets

Content Image InlineAn iron-enriched rice variety produced by Melbourne and Adelaide researchers could help solve mineral deficiency problems that currently affect billions of people around the world.

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Beamtime applications

Beamtime submissions for round 2012/2 (May-August 2012) open on 13 December 2011.

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Fighting cancer with selenium

An international team led by Adelaide researchers has revealed important new details of how selenium begins to fight cancer cells.

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AutoRickshaw at your service

Content Image Inline Despite being unable to make cups of coffee or arrange pizza deliveries, AutoRickshaw is a crystallographer’s dream come true, solving crystal structures within minutes of data collection.

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Photo Competition Winners

Content Image InlineThank you to everyone who entered the October-November 2011 photo competition. The winning photos are displayed on the website.

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Awards for synchrotron user

Content Image Inline Long-term synchrotron user Michael Parker from St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

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Open Day 2011 – what happened!

A very big thank you to everyone involved in our Open Day, including staff, volunteers and visitors. The event attracted around 3000 visitors, who enjoyed live radio broadcasts, introductory presentations, children’s activities and in-depth tours – and asked lots of great questions.

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User Meeting 2011

Held this year at the Sebel Albert Park in Melbourne on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December, this annual event provides information about our facilities and enables members of our user community to showcase their research and network with some of the best scientists in Australia. The AS user community comprises more than 3000 registered users with expertise across all areas of the physical and biological sciences, technology and industry

Congratulations to 2011 AS thesis medal winners

The winners of the 2011 Australian Synchrotron Thesis Medal are Dr Kaye Morgan and Dr Corey Putkunz, who completed their PhD studies at Monash University and La Trobe University respectively.

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We're 99 percent available

The Australian Synchrotron consistently averages over 98 percent beam availability (ratio of delivered beamtime compared to scheduled beamtime) and recently achieved its highest ever: 99.1 percent.

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WA synchrotron symposium

Content Image InlineA recent synchrotron meeting in Western Australia attracted more than 100 participants ranging from new students to experienced researchers from UWA, Curtin, Edith Cowan University, the state government departments of health and commerce, CSIRO, iVec and Alcoa.

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Synchrotron development plan update

Conceptual design reports being developed from material supplied by beamline scoping groups will help provide the detailed technical information required to further assess proposals for new beamlines.

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Bionic eye team looks at synchrotron

Content Image InlineIn November 2011, the Monash Bionic Vision team visited the Australian Synchrotron to discuss ways that the team can incorporate synchrotron science into future research.

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Come up to the lab

Content Image InlineBetween August and October 2011, more than 650 physics students from 53 Victorian high schools participated in full-day laboratory sessions at the Australian Synchrotron, measuring electron beams, photoelectrons, laser diffraction and emission spectra.

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ICALEPCS to be held in Melbourne

The Australian Synchrotron will host the world’s largest conference for accelerator controls systems in Melbourne in 2015. Around 400 delegates are expected to attend..

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Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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