EPSRC and SuperSTEM are celebrating the installation of the new SuperSTEM 3 microscope with a two-day inauguration seminar from 19-20 February 2015 at the Daresbury Science Campus.
With this instrument, SuperSTEM will become the world’s first user facility for ultra-high spatial resolution vibrational spectroscopy. It will support a range of additional capabilities including the localised mapping of band gaps insemiconducting materials and device structures, the study of plasmonic materials and architectures for optical engineering, solar capture and molecular detection and will importantly enable the detection of the presence and atomic location of light elements, which is otherwise extremely difficult.
This Nion HERMES instrument will be the most powerful current microscope with atomic scale imaging and its advanced spectrometer will deliver an energy resolution of 10 meV - 30 times better than the other SuperSTEM machines and up to 100 times better than those found commonly in institutions and universities.
The inauguration will comprise an overview of the new instrument and its potential to be followed by a seminar addressing the new science that the microscope and will enable.
event will take place at the Daresbury Science Campus, Warrington, UK,
starting on Thursday 19 February 2015 with registration at 10:30am and
ending at 12:00 noon on 20 February.
Arrangement have been made for a celebration dinner at the Britannia Daresbury Park Hotel from 19:00 to 21:30. While the dinner costs are not covered by the (free) registration for this event, all participants are cordially invited to join us there. Due to space requirements there is however a limited number of places available and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
The seminar will discuss the new science that will be enabled by the installation of the Nion Hermes aberration-corrected STEM. This new instrument is one of only three similar microscopes in existence at the time of installation and the only one in the UK and Europe. It has a specification that includes an energy resolution of 10 meV or below enabling phonon spectroscopy with atomic scale resolution and enhanced bandgap measurements. It also will offer improved spatial resolution at 60 kV and lower voltages. This energy resolution is a factor of 30 greater than the existing instruments at SuperSTEM and close to 100 over instruments more commonly found at research institutions and universities
To celebrate the availability of this instrument in the UK this seminar will discuss the frontier science that will be enabled by this new instrument.
Registration is now closed.
Daresbury Science Campus is ~1 mile from junction 11 off the M56 motorway, roughly half-way between Liverpool and Manchester. We are about 5 miles from Warrington and Runcorn, the two largest towns in the locality.
The Daresbury Science Campus has a free visitor car parking facility.
To Warrington: there are two railway stations Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central, which together provide many inter-city train connections. Taxi services to Daresbury Labs are available in front of both stations and cost ~ £10.
There is also a bus service (X30), from the nearby Warrington bus station, which runs every hour to the Daresbury Ring O'Bells pub, a short walk from SuperSTEM.
To Runcorn: Runcorn Station is on the Liverpool - London Euston line and you can take a taxi to either the hotel or SuperSTEM.
For more details about train connections, consult the National Rail Enquiries webpage
SuperSTEM is conveniently located in a short distance of two international airports: Manchester International Airport (most major airlines, as well as several low cost airlines) and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (mainly low cost airlines). Both are located ~30mins by car from the laboratory.
Taxi (about £27 from either airport when booked in advance) and train services (to Warrington Central) are also available from both airports.
If you are travelling to any of the London airports the easiest way to reach Daresbury is to take the train to either Warrington Bank Quay or Runcorn stations from London Euston (~ 2 hours journey). To get to Euston station you may use the London Underground or express trains to Central London (Paddington/Victoria train stations from Heathrow/Gatwick airports, respectively).
There are a number of hotels in the local area to choose from. The closest are:Best Western Hotel in Stockton Heath