Volume 12, Number 10 January 21, 2005

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Synchrotron use likely to start in May

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron is in the midst of what its executive director call a “very quiet period”, with the first use of the facility still months away.

Bill Thomlinson said the facility, officially opened Oct. 22 last year, continues to operate in “commissioning and installation mode” with work being done and equipment installed on the various beamlines. At the same time, an independent peer review process has accepted the first seven proposals for external use of the facility. Thomlinson’s “best guess” as to when the first “new and publishable” work will be carried out at the CLS is May, “but if it comes earlier, I’ll be a happy camper”.

Lavina Carter from the CLS user services office said the proposals have been slotted into a tentative schedule but there is no confirmation on which proposal will get the first use of a beamline.

The commissioning team is currently conducting tests on the equipment using experiments with known data and outcomes, Thomlinson explained. This step is important before moving to experiments with unknown outcomes, “because you want to have full confidence that what you’re measuring is what you think it is”.


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