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DIAMOND Light Source, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus
The largest scientific infrastructure project to be built in the UK in 40 years. It is a third generation 3 GeV (Giga electron Volt) synchrotron light source, about 10,000 times brighter than the SRS at Daresbury. This facility replaces the previous light source, the SRS at Daresbury that closed in August 2008.
Diamond is currently the best medium-energy x-ray source in the world and is optimised to produce x-rays with energies between 100 electron volts (soft x-rays) and 20,000 electron volts (hard x-rays). In addition, Diamond also provides a good source of x-rays up to 100,000 electron volts.
Applicants wishing to make use of DIAMOND should contact the Diamond User Office for details of how to apply for beamtime. Guidance is also available in the BBSRC Grants guide (see related links) and in the Je-S help notes (see external links).
Other synchrotron sources
BBSRC-funded researchers can access the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) based in Grenoble, France. Applications to ESRF should be via the electronic portal, where there are details of reimbursement, access policy etc.
Access to other synchrotron sources internationally is permitted, but should be fully justified in any application to BBSRC. A list of these sources can be found in the external links section of this page.
ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
The world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source, in operation since 1985. It is currently expanding through the construction of a second target station that should lead to new developments in areas including biomolecular sciences.
Access to ISIS is available free at the point of delivery to UK scientists. Details of application procedures and reimbursement policy can be found on the ISIS website.
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
The ILL is an international research centre based at Grenoble which has one of the most intense neutron sources in the world. The UK is a partner in ILL. Details regarding obtaining access can be found at the ILL website.
Central Laser Facility (CLF), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Provides access to large scale laser systems for UK and EU researchers. The facility has a number of high-powered laser installations and also operates a “ Lasers for Science” (LSF) user facility. LSF has a number of laser systems available to users, including:
- Confocal microscopy lab
- Ultrafast spectroscopy
- Steady-state and nanosecond ultraviolet Raman facility (SNURF)
- EPSRC Laser Loan Pool
- Functional Biosystems Imaging (FBI) group
Access to CLF is provided through the Facilities Access Panel, run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, details of which can be found on the CLF website.
HECToR, University of Edinburgh
HECToR is a Cray XE6 supercomputer, now in Phase 3 of operation. HECToR supports a number of codes, among them Amber, DL_POLY, NAMD and R. Information about access to HECToR and additional codes can be found on the HECToR website.
Researchers should use the HECToR application process (see external links) to submit a request for access (under EPSRC application process on the website).
There are two forms of access to HECToR:
- Class 1
As part of a responsive mode application
- Class 2
Access to HECToR before peer review for researchers who would like to "pump-prime" to prepare for a Class 1 application. Class 2 also provides access to investigate the potential of running codes on a high-end computer for areas of research new to High Performance Computing (HPC).
BBSRC applicants should also read the HPC facilities guidance in the downloads section of this page.
CCPB have independently produced a report benchmarking HECToR phase 2b performance for biomolecular simulations - see CCPB benchmark report in the downloads section. Researchers considering using HECToR in a grant proposal in this area may find this useful.
For further information regarding HECToR contact us (details below).
Our preferred organisation for sequencing research is The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC). For further information see our support for sequencing page (see related links).
The UK 850 MHz solid-state NMR facility at The University of Warwick.
Peter Burlinson - for HECToR enquiries only
tel: 01793 413393
fax: 01793 413234
tel: 01793 413282
fax: 01793 413234