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First contact

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The first successful experiment. Using a terminal on the Optical beamline with Matlab to extract data out of the Accelerator storage ring as it was being injected with electrons from the Linear Accelerator…. we got live data and used it to manipulate the graphic of itself….the script created by myself and (mainly) Dr Mark Boland made the graph of the current ripple according to the strength of the current.

This is the first moment of actual contact with the synchrotron and using it to create and manipulate images in realtime. It’s basic, but it finally works!

Open Day

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Open Day 15 August : created 100+ GB worth of synchrotron-light based test animations for multi-projector setup. borrowed equipment from Melb Uni School of Physics (thanks to Roger Rassool), used ‘Modul8’ live video compositing (aka VJ) software, wanted it to trigger video sequences form synchrotron beam data, but no time – just got invited to visit CERN, flying out tonite!

Lightbridge tunnel

lightcurve fraction: click here for a short segment from one of the animations

and here are some photos of the projection setup at open day

It’s Day One

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I arrived at 10.00 am at the Synchrotron. There was by chance a film crew already here waiting to interview collaborator Dr Mark Boland and myself for an art / science documentary. I hadn’t even signed the contract yet. We conducted the interview, signed contract, then took the film crew into the highly-charged and conductive LINAC. The LINAC is the Linear Accelerator, the ‘heart’ of the Synchrotron, and probably the most good looking bit also. By chance the accelerator had just gone down so we could get access to this area – normally it’s too full of invisbly deadly particles.

Off to a dynamic start.