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IUCr 1997 Report - Commission on Synchrotron Radiation

The Commission has continued its work over the broad field of crystallography with the use of synchrotron radiation (SR).

The Commission organized a scientific meeting on the crystallographic application of synchrotron radiation (1 - 2 August, 1997) at the Photon Factory as a satellite meeting of the Sixth International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation (4 - 8 August 1997) which was held at Himeji, Japan. Professor Y. Amemiya (University of Tokyo) and Professor T. Matsushita (Photon Factory) co-chaired the satellite meeting. At the meeting, particular attention focused on `time-resolved X-ray experiments'. The satellite meeting consisted of the following six oral sessions: (1) New opportunities for time-resolved experiments (I) - third-generation SR sources; (2) New opportunities for time-resolved experiments (II) - new methods; (3) Time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering; (4) Mössbauer spectroscopy in time domain; (5) Time-resolved XAFS; and (6) Detectors for time-resolved measurements. About sixty people from ten countries participated in the satellite meeting. Advanced techniques and new methods as to time-resolved measurements were discussed in detail over a broad range. The role of second-generation sources was discussed in relation to the new third-generation sources in order to broaden experimental opportunities available and to activate further the field of synchrotron-radiation research. The collaboration of the Photon Factory staff in the organization of the satellite was greatly appreciated. The Proceedings of the satellite meeting were issued as a KEK Proceedings (74-14, November 1997, M), which is available from the KEK library.

The Committee also started to discuss the satellite meeting of the Glasgow Congress in 1999. The venue will be at Daresbury Laboratory and the date will be the 2 - 3 August 1999, with a bus to take delegates to Glasgow on the 4 August. The suggested title for the meeting is `From source to science' and it will cover those topics that will be suggested in the coming year. The initial ideas are for a small (~200 people) well focused, friendly meeting with a single set of sessions. We would like to invite four or five well known figures in the field to give keynote talks and to cover a wide range of topics in SR crystallography.

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