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Lyceum Society - SESAME: Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Brown Bag: 11:30 am; Brief-Brief: 12:45pm; Lecture & Discussion: 1pm to 3 pm.

SESAME - A 3rd Generation Synchrotron Light Source for the Middle East;
Promoting understanding and peace through scientific cooperation

Herman Winick, PhD

Deputy Director (Emeritus); Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Division SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Professor (Research) Emeritus, Applied Physics & SSRL/SLAC, Stanford University

Developed under the auspices of UNESCO and modeled on CERN, SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is an international research center in construction in Jordan. It will enable world class research by scientists from the region in many disciplines including biology, chemistry, environmental science, materials science and physics. It will also build bridges between diverse societies, contributing to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science.

The centerpiece is a synchrotron light source originating from the decommissioned BESSY I facility, a gift by Germany. The upgraded machine, a 2.5 GeV 3rd Generation Light Source (133m circumference, 26nm-rad emittance and 12 places for insertion devices), will provide light from infra-red to hard X-rays, offering excellent opportunities to train local scientists and attract those working abroad to return.

The SESAME Council meets twice each year and presently has nine Members (Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Turkey). Members have responsibility for the project and provide the annual operations budget ($1.5M in 2009, expected to rise to about $5M when operation starts in 2012-13). Jordan provided the site, building, and infrastructure. A staff of 20 is installing the 0.8 GeV BESSY I injection system. The facility will have the capacity to serve 30 or more experiments operating simultaneously.

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Speaker

Herman Winick, PhD

Deputy Director (Emeritus); Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Division SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Professor (Research) Emeritus, Applied Physics & SSRL/SLAC, Stanford University

Herman Winick is a founding member of the brilliantly named SESAME collaboration, a Middle East synchrotron facility now under construction in Jordan. Scientists from nine Middle Eastern countries (some of which are engaged in conflicts with each other and internally) are working together, opening new doors in science and international cooperation.

Dr. Winick's vision is for SESAME to be an international meeting facility not only for cutting edge physics, but also for topics other than science, especially defending international colleagues when they are persecuted by their home governments. For this latter work, he received a 2010 Andrei Sakharov Prize for "outstanding leadership and achievements in upholding human rights."

Dr. Winick is Professor Emeritus at the Applied Physics Department of Stanford University where he's been since 1973. His BA and PhD in physics are from Columbia University. He was Assistant Director of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator at Harvard University (1959-73). He has often chaired committees for projects in Armenia, Australia, China, German, India, Japan, Jordan, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, and the US.

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