SESAME (Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is the first international scientific research center established near Amman in Jordan. It is born out of a cooperation among Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey, and its mission is to “foster scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and neighbouring countries (and prevent or reverse the brain drain)” and to “build scientific and cultural bridges between diverse societies, and contribute to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science”.
SESAME, a “third generation” synchrotron radiation source located near Amman in Jordan, serves scientists from a broad range of fields from biology, archaeology and medical sciences through materials science, physics and chemistry. It is a 'user facility', where scientists (including students from all over the world) can typically visit for a week or two, twice or three times a year, to carry out experiments and to collect data, which is analyzed in their home laboratories.
My talk will consist of a brief introduction to the properties of synchrotron radiation (SR) and some examples of types of cutting edge research that are conducted using SR. This will be followed by an introduction to SESAME, its facilities and what makes SESAME so special among other synchrotron radiation laboratories around the world.