11 February 2016
Installation of SESAME’s Storage Ring Begins
IMAG0571Source of the photo: © SESAME | Vacuum chamber being installed
in the dipole magnet
IMAG0594Source of the photo: © SESAME | First installed cell with, behind,
the girder (stand) awaiting installation of the second cell
 IMAG0589Source of the photo: © SESAME | One cell of the main storage ring installed in the shielding tunnel in the experimental hall with (left to
right) Maxime Dumas (CERN), Maher Shehab, Erhard Huttel and Mohamed Khalileh (SESAME) and Carlos Lopez (CERN)

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). Each cell consists of magnets (dipole, quadrupoles and sextupoles) and the vacuum chamber, supported by a girder.

The team responsible for this important milestone was led by SESAME’s Technical Director, Erhard Huttel, and consisted of scientists and technicians from the SESAME region, with help from members of CERN forming part of the CESSAMag (CERN-EC Support for SESAME Magnets) team.

Commissioning of the SESAME machine is expected to start towards the end of 2016 and the laboratory is expected to become operational with two ‘day-one’ beamlines in 2017. These beamlines are the XAFS/XRF (X-ray absorption fine structure/X-ray fluorescence) beamline and the IR (infrared) spectromicroscopy beamline. SESAME will be the Middle East’s first synchrotron light source.

A speed-up film of installation of the cell may be seen at

More photos (Source of the photos: © SESAME)

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