From the Director: Achievements and challenges

Content Image InlineThe Australian Synchrotron recently recorded some of its best performances in making synchrotron light available to researchers for their experiments.


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V8 supercar expertise speeds up medical science

Content Image Inline A Dandenong engineering company is helping to accelerate the pace of medical science at the Australian Synchrotron.


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City soils provide new lead

Content Image InlineHigh lead levels found in western Sydney homes and gardens are associated with past use of leaded petrol, highlighting the need for soil remediation in highly affected areas.

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Beamtime applications

Beamtime submissions for round 2012/3 (September-December 2012) closed on 6 June 2012.

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Ochre’s x-ray fingerprints

Content Image InlineResearchers are using synchrotron techniques to investigate the origins of the ochres used in Aboriginal Australian artefacts – potentially revealing new information on ochre exchange routes and Aboriginal Australian cultural relationships across Australia.

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Synchrotrons in the News

Wireless tracking for synchrotron samples
Turning carbon dioxide into fuel a step closer
Research infrastructure at risk
A thrip back in time

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Photo competition winners

Content Image InlineThe winner of the May-June 2012 photo competition is Kent Wootton from The University of Melbourne.

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Putting a new spin on electronics

Content Image InlineSpintronics is an emerging field of nanoscale electronics that could lead to smaller, more versatile and more robust electronic devices for a market worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Investigating proteins in solution

Content Image Inline AS users have chalked up a previously impossible measurement, investigating how proteins behave in solutions as dilute as 2 micrograms per millilitre.

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Colliding ideas: art, society and physics

Content Image Inline How do artists working with physics-based technologies relate to or differ from scientists in their perspectives of physics? This issue and others will be discussed at a free public symposium in Melbourne on 8 July 2012.

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How some drugs trick the immune system

Content Image InlineNew research showing how some drugs cause side-effects by activating the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues will lead to new drugs designed to avoid these side-effects.

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Beam on

Content Image InlineIn mid-June 2012, the Australian Synchrotron achieved a record 99.76 percent for ‘beam availability’, a measure that compares the hours of synchrotron light we delivered to the hours of synchrotron light we allocated for experiments.

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Putting in a good word for local industry

As a result of being recommended by AS staff, Australian company Tomco Technologies has sold two RF amplifiers to Japan.

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New reception area for all visitors

Content Image InlineAll visitors to the Australian Synchrotron should first report to the new reception area in the National Centre for Synchrotron Science, which is to your right as you enter the site.

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For new users of synchrotrons and neutrons

Prospective synchrotron and neutron users are invited to attend a one-day conference at the Australian Synchrotron on 9 July 2012.

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Online merchandise sales

You can now order Australian Synchrotron merchandise online, including: t-shirts, key rings, pens, mugs, USBs, stress balls, umbrellas, hats, baby bibs and beanies.

Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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