The Road Towards an African Light Source

  • May 10, 2023, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Sekazi Mtingwa, IUPAP C13 Commission on Physics for Development
  • Chris Stoughton,

Africa is the only habitable continent without a synchrotron light source.  In this presentation, we will describe the history of synchrotron light source usage by African researchers and the 20-year effort to bring a multinational synchrotron facility to the African continent.  We will highlight two major efforts.  The first is LAAAMP (Lightsources for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Pacific), whose goal is to enhance advanced light source and crystallographic sciences in developing countries.  The second is the African Light Source Conceptual Design Report, which is due to be completed by June 2023.  Finally, we will report on a new initiative to bring a multinational synchrotron light source to the Greater Caribbean Region.