Diamond Light Source is the United Kingdom’s national synchrotron facility located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Its purpose is to produce intense beams of light whose special characteristics are useful in many areas of scientific research.
The synchrotron can be used to investigate the structure and properties of a wide range of materials from proteins and engineering components to conservation of archeological artifacts.
Diamond Light Source generates synchrotron light at wavelengths ranging from X-rays to the far infrared. This is also known as synchrotron radiation and is the electromagnetic radiation emitted by charged particles traveling near the speed of light. It is used in a variety of experiments to study the structure and behavior of different types of matter.
We have analyzed the particle accelerator sites worldwide and have found that the overwhelming majority sit on grid lines. In this case, the Diamond Light Source sits on a 1′ grid line. Although a 1′ grid line is what we would consider to be a minor grid line, it doesn’t mean this facility is less important than other accelerators that sit on major grid lines.