XMaS Scientist Experience 2018
We are all back from Grenoble, where we had a great time. Thank you to all the people who helped make this trip memorable for our winners, and to the girls themselves, who were so enthusiastic about science!
We are looking forward to our reunion for the Student Showcase, which will take place at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 12th September 2018.
XMaS featured in the ESRF News for the World Environment Day
The 5th June was the World Environment Day. To celebrate the event, ESRF published an article on photovoltaic cells, which is focused on perovskites studies carried out at the ESRF. One of the cited studies took place at XMaS. The work resulted from a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Oxford, University of Warwick and also the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (formerly Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates). The full article can be viewed here
XMaS featured in Phys. Rev. Applied
Belmeguenai M, Roussigné Y, Bouloussa H, Chérif SM, Stashkevich A, Nasui M, Gabor MS, Mora-Hernández A, Nicholson B, Inyang O-O, Hindmarch AT, and Bouchenoire L,“Thickness Dependence of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction in Co2FeAl Ultrathin Films: Effects of Annealing Temperature and Heavy-Metal Material”
Bill Stirling made Companion of the order of St Michael and St George
Bill Stirling, the co-originator of the XMaS project with Malcolm Cooper, was awarded the prestigious title of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to British science and international science collaboration. (credit: David Stirling)
XMaS beamline upgrade
May 16th marked the first day of the XMaS beamline upgrade in the context of the ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) project. The first part of the XMaS upgrade consists in extending the length of the present experimental hutch by about 4 m to accommodate the new source position in the upgraded storage ring. The new experimental hutch will occupy the space of the present control cabin. The control cabin will subsequently move 4 m back too and be located close to the offline x-ray source facility.
The XMaS diffractometer being craned out of the experimental hutch. First time in 20 years!
The flying XMaS diffractometer!
The experimental hutch without the diffractometer …
XMaS takes part in the International Day of Light
On the 16th May the International Day of Light (#IDL2018) was launched at UNESCO in Paris. Lightsources.org organised a PhotoWall with pictures from its member facilities that includes the ESRF. XMaS participated to the event.
For those who did not have the chance to view this special PhotoWall (online at https://lightsources.org/ only until the 21st May 2018), the pictures below showing:
- a panoramic view of the experimental hutch
XMaS, the UK-CRG beamline at the ESRF supported by EPSRC. Credit: O. Bikondoa/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
- some of the beamline equipment:
In-situ photovoltaics fabrication at XMaS/ESRF. Credit: S. Lilliu/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
Magnetic WAXS/SAXS setup at XMaS-ESRF. Credit: L. Bouchenoire/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
XMaS featured in Carbon
Zhou L, Fox L, Włodek M, Islas L, Slastanova A, Robles E, Bikondoa O, Harniman R, Fox N, Cattelan M, Briscoe WH, "Surface structure of few layer grapheme"
XMaS Scientist Experience 2018
The winners have been announced. Information evenings will be held in Liverpool (8th May) and at the University of Warwick (23rd May). The 16 winners come from all over the country. Well done to them!
XMaS featured in Nature Communications
Cao Y, Wang Z, Park SY, Yuan Y, Liu X, Nikitin SM, Akamatsu H, Kareev M, Middey S, Meyers D, Thompson P, Ryan PJ, Shafer P, N’Diaye A, Arenholz E, Gopalan V, Zhu Y, Rabe KM & Chakhalian J, “Artificial two-dimensional polar metal at room temperature”