Raw data collected in neutron cameras during experiments can be unusually beautiful even before interpretation begins. From such characteristic patterns alone, deductions about microscopic activity can already be made.
The image is generated by shining neutron beams through liquid crystals used to make novel porous gels for filtering DNA fragments or controlled drug release. The job of ISIS is to measure where atoms are and what they are doing, and to discover how the hidden world of atoms is connected to the world of everyday experience. Over the last 25 years, ISIS has made an impressive impact across a wide range of science and technology. From clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, through to materials engineering and aerospace, ISIS continues to be one of the world’s leading research centres.
The image was created by Gemma Newby, University of Reading and Steve King, ISIS.
Dr Steve King explains a little more about this beautiful image.