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Diamond and UoM agree advanced imaging collaboration

10 December 2010

The University of Manchester has joined forces with Diamond Light Source to enable researchers in a wide range of fields to create high-quality 3D images of samples, including engineering components, biomaterials and organic materials. Due for completion in 2012, the X-ray Imaging and Coherence beamline at Diamond, I13 will offer two lines – the ‘imaging’ and ‘coherence’ branches – which will provide tools for non-destructive examination of internal features at both micro and nano scales.

Diamond has entered a seven-year collaboration with The University of Manchester to develop the imaging branch line, which will use synchrotron light. Professor Phil Withers is leading the X-ray Imaging project at the University and is a longstanding synchrotron user. There is an existing dedicated imaging suite at Manchester, the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, which was officially opened in June last year. The university is now looking to expand its imaging capabilities and the partnership with Diamond is described as a "perfect opportunity”.

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