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).
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.
The SESAME light source was officially opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II on 16 May.
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).
On 3 September 2014, the SESAME team succeeded in accelerating the electrons in the booster synchrotron to their final energy of 800 MeV making it the then most powerful high-energy accelerator in the Middle East.
The SESAME microtron, which was previously in use at BESSY I but has been refurbished and upgraded, accelerated a beam to the full energy of 22.5 MeV on 14 July 2009 while temporally installed in the SESAME hall.
On 14th of July 2009 at 00:35 AM the first electron beam has been injected from SESAME Microtron, the pre-injector of the future SESAME (Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) machine.
The need for an international synchrotron light source in the Middle East was recognized by eminent scientists such as the Pakistani Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam in the early 1980s and the CERN and Middle East based MESC (Middle East Scientific Cooperation) group headed by Sergio Fubini, a theoretician at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).
In a record time by any standards, just five years after the ground-breaking ceremony, the Jordanian Authorities officially handed over to SESAME the building that is to serve as its premises.
At a ground breaking ceremony at the SESAME site in Alaan Jordan on 6 January 2003 Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, announced that the SESAME project (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is formally launched since he has received notice from seven Founding Members that they accept the statutes for the governance of the project.