SRC Status: An Important Update from Our Director
Dear SRC Users,
Given that neither
interactions with the Department of Energy nor Science Director
with NSF have yielded anything, it's time to accept that
Synchrotron Radiation Center will be closing
down. I met with the Graduate School on Friday to begin the
for decommissioning. In the short term, we'll be running user
beam till 3
pm on Friday, March 7. After that, we'll do what is necessary to
warm and safe. Some
limited staff will
be on site through April 4.
The Graduate School
putting together a team to manage the decommissioning process,
proceed in an orderly fashion over the next months. During this time users should
personal equipment. Please
get in touch
with me as soon as possible about arrangements and schedule. Ultimately, the Aladdin vault
will be used for other university programs. The superconducting
gun will be mothballed, and the Graduate School agreed to leave it
in place for
at least a year while we pursue new collaborations.
The SRC, till the
very end, has
remained a valuable, highly cost effective resource for
that offers many unique capabilities. The
world of IR, VUV, and soft X-ray research will be diminished by
its loss. There clearly is
something deeply wrong with
US support and oversight of the scientific research endeavor. We, both staff and users,
should all be proud
of what we have accomplished.
Synchrotron Radiation Center
February 11, 2014
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