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From left, Pantaleo Raimondi, Director of the Accelerator Division, Hans Braun, MAC Vice Chairman (Swiss XFEL Project Leader), Richard Walker, MAC Chairman (Director, DLS) and Francesco Sette, DG of the ESRF

Return of the MAC

The third Machine Advisory Committee meeting took place at the ESRF on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April. The EBS team, now well into…

Mechanical technician Marc Lesourd keeps an eye on the acceleration as the girder is lifted up. Accelerometers are fixed to the magnets and connected to his computer via a FFT spectrum analyser.

Heavy metal

On a cold but sunny December morning, the prototype girder for the ESRF’s EBS project (see Good Vibrations article) was put through a series…

Vac instrumentation team

NO PRESSURE!

“Getting a high-quality vacuum in an accelerator is a bit like cleaning your house,” vacuum instrumentation engineer Anthony Meunier tells me. “You can put…

In-situ the new button (blue)

On the button!

The third contract in the procurement phase of the EBS project has been signed, for 1500 ultra-high vacuum Beam Position Monitor (BPM) buttons. These…

Filippo Cianciosi, using the prototype girder

Vac to the future

“I love inventing new things,” says Filippo Cianciosi, a mechanical engineer working on the EBS project. “In most places, you normally have to modify…