Sunday, 23 September 2012

Diamond trip: Day 4

Back to the beamline by 9.30 after finishing last "night" at about 2 a.m. We finished the night before at about 1 a.m. and had to getup at 3.30 a.m. to change sample the previous morning (or night). I'm definitely starting to get synchrotron head. The Ca XANES map we set up last night (actually 2 a.m. this morning) had almost finished by the time I got here this morning - a massive data set but probably all calcite which is rather dull when you are looking for other forms of calcium carbonate. We're now doing a few Ca XANES spots for detail and will then go on to run some diffraction standards. Then we have a final granule to XANES map and after that we'll probably try and return to some of the ACC identified in previous granules to do some EXAFS. We should get all this done before setting up a final overnight run this evening.
The long lonely corridor outside the beamline at night.

Looking across the "roofs" of the experimental hutches at Diamond.

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