In a historic moment for both SESAME and the Middle East, on Wednesday, 10 February, the first of the 16 cells of SESAME’s storage ring was installed in the shielding tunnel in the Center’s experimental hall in Allan (Jordan). Each cell consists of magnets (dipole, quadrupoles and sextupoles) and the vacuum chamber, supported by a girder.
The team responsible for this important milestone was led by SESAME’s Technical Director, Erhard Huttel, and consisted of scientists and technicians from the SESAME region, with help from members of CERN forming part of the CESSAMag (CERN-EC Support for SESAME Magnets) team.
Commissioning of the SESAME machine is expected to start towards the end of 2016 and the laboratory is expected to become operational with two ‘day-one’ beamlines in 2017. These beamlines are the XAFS/XRF (X-ray absorption fine structure/X-ray fluorescence) beamline and the IR (infrared) spectromicroscopy beamline. SESAME will be the Middle East’s first synchrotron light source.
A speed-up film of installation of the cell may be seen at https://youtu.be/H4ZSKtWUWkE
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