The last photons from the world's most powerful synchrotron light source were successfully used by the small team from LCT (Ghent University). Our scientists were eye-witness to the key date in the history of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). After thirty years of operation, ESRF now put its light in standby mode and enters a 20-month shutdown. The flagship storage ring will be dismantled to make way for a revolutionary X-ray instrument: the Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS). EBS will be a powerful new tool for us and all of the international scientific community. Our scientists will go back to the ESRF for new experiments in X-ray science only in 2020. Until that time, the team wait for long months, and look for light around the world.
On the photo, from left to right: Nadadur Veeraraghavan Srinath, Richa Sharma , Hilde Poelman, Vladimir Galvita, Ji-Yu Feng (CoCooN-UGent)