The EIROforum members work in fields as different as molecular biology and astronomy. This section highlights a selection of some of the most recent scientific findings and research involving the EIROs and their facilities.
Content courtesy of Science in School - The European journal for science teachers and the EIROs' press offices.
European XFEL, 3 September 2015 Optical lasers: setting the stage for X-ray laser pulses At X-ray free-electron lasers such as the European XFEL, ultrabright high-intensity laser-like X-ray light is generated using accelerated electrons travelling through special magnetic structures. While the X-ray laser is the star of the show, there are many supporting characters that are also lasers – namely, optical ones.
EMBL, 3 September 2015 It runs in the family EMBL researchers have unveiled the first detailed 3D structure of the replication machinery – the polymerase – of the La Crosse orthobunyavirus (LACV). This virus causes human encephalitis but is a member of the same family as the flu virus, and the structure shows that the LACV polymerase has striking similarities to influenza virus polymerase.
ILL, 7 July 2015 Neutrons fight against dental erosion A new study carried out at ILL has determined the most accurate microstructure ever obtained of human tooth enamel. The research aims to provide greater insight into the chemistry behind tooth enamel demineralisation caused by our bad eating habits.