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A short trip outside London is a huge silver UFO shaped building, and in August will be a chance to go inside to see the particle accelerator it houses.
Officially, it’s the UK’s national synchrotron, but rather than smashing atoms together to study them, as is done at CERN, here, they are used to generate powerful light beams that can be used to study the inside of materials.
And the entire facility sits in a huge silver ring building in the countryside.
Of importance to science, and commerce, the huge facility is a wonder of big machines that are used to study the microscopic. I visited in 2010, and had a great time there.
The next Inside Diamond event will take place on Wednesday 21st August 2019 and the ballot for this event is now open.
These events are very popular and Diamond Light Source have a limit on the number of visitors they can accommodate so they operate a ballot system to offer a fair allocation of spaces.
To apply for the ballot, go here.
The tours are free of charge.
A visit will take approximately 2/2.5 hours and will consist of:
This article first appeared on www.ianvisits.co.uk
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