Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility. This huge machine is half a kilometre in circumference, designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light.
Diamond speeds up electrons to near light speeds, producing a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’; here scientists use the light to study everything from viruses and vaccines to fossils and jet engines, using a machine that is 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope.
Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.
For more information about Diamond, visit their website.