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SESAME BECOMES THE WORLD’S FIRST LARGE ACCELERATOR COMPLEX TO BE FULLY POWERED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY

Today (26 February 2019), a ceremony was held to mark the official inauguration of the solar power plant of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East).

Constructed on grounds next to JAEC (Jordan Atomic Energy Commission) that is located some 30kms from SESAME, electricity from the solar power plant will be supplied by an on-grid photovoltaic system having a total power capacity of 6.48 MW, which will amply satisfy SESAME’s needs for several years. 

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SESAME hosts its first users

Allan, Jordan, 3 August 2018. On 17 July, the first users arrived at SESAME to perform experiments using the Centre’s XAFS/XRF (X-ray absorption fine structure/X-ray fluorescence) spectroscopy beamline, SESAME’s first beamline to come into operation.

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SESAME light source brings second beamline into service

Allan, Jordan, 30 April 2018. At 11:21 local time (GMT +3) yesterday morning scientists at the SESAME light source brought the laboratory’s infrared (IR) spectromicroscopy beamline into service for the first time.

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First light for pioneering SESAME light source

Allan, Jordan, 22 November 2017. At 10:50 this morning scientists at the pioneering SESAME light source saw First Monochromatic Light through the XAFS/XRF (Xray absorption fine structure/X-ray fluorescence) spectroscopy beamline, signalling the start of the laboratory’s experimental programme. This beamline, SESAME’s first to come on stream, delivers X-ray light that will be used to carry out research in areas ranging from solid state physics to environmental science and archaeology.

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