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First beam accelerated from SESAME Microtron in Jordan
Source: BI-ME , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu July 16, 2009 5:50 pm

JORDAN. In a landmark achievement, the first electron beam has emerged from the Microtron accelerator at the "Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East” SESAME.

First electrons emerged at SESAME’s facilities in Allan (near Amman) at 00:35 am Tuesday 14 July following intensive work to install and test a 30-year old classical Microtron provided by the German BESSY facility.

SESAME Technical Director Dr Amor Nadji expressed great delight at the emergence of the first beam, saying it was the first of its kind in Jordan and the entire Middle East. He said “the significance of the achievement lies in the quality of the effort to re-operate a classical Microtron machine, and the dedication of the SESAME’s staff to accomplish this unique and important scientific achievement.”

The synchrotron radiation source in SESAME is one of some 40 existing machines in 20 countries around the world. It is a particle accelerator which uses varied magnetic and electric fields with the travelling electron beam to produce a special light that is used in many scientific and industrial applications.

This achievement has singled out SESAME as the first and only synchrotron-light source in the Middle East region. Work is underway on other milestone projects in which the first photon beam is foreseen by the end of 2013.

The SESAME Project is the Middle East's first major international research centre, and is the result of a cooperative venture by the scientists and governments of the region. It was developed under the umbrella of UNESCO, which endorsed the project in 2002. Members of the SESAME Council are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine Authority and Turkey.


 

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