LONDON Additional funding of £2million has been approved for constructing and testing out a prototype particle accelerator facility at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.
The Energy Recovery Linac Prototype (ERLP) will help prove concepts vital to the development of plans for 4GLS technology (Fourth Generation Light Source), at science's cutting edge.
4GLS will be designed to produce very short pulses of light, over a million, million, million times brighter than a household light bulb and could allow researchers to study molecules working in real time, follow chemical reactions as they happen, look at potential drug molecules as they interact with cells and examine the spin of electrons.
“The prototype phase of 4GLS is an important step towards placing Daresbury at the cutting edge of accelerator science. Its potential capability is unique in the world and its capacity to combine a wide range of experiments would establish the U.K. and Daresbury as a major player in this technology,” said Lord Sainsbury, Science and Innovation Minister.
The £2million supplements £14.8 million already provided for this prototype phase; £8million through the Office of Science and Technology (now Office of Science and Innovation) and £6.8 million through the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC), which oversees Daresbury.