During initial commissioning of the world leading Diamond Light Source, to study a wide range of biological, chemical and material samples at the atomic and molecular level, 344 of George Fischer’s Signet 2536 Paddle Wheel Low Flow Sensors and 360 Variable Area Flow meters performed faultlessly.

GF’s sensors and flow meters were chosen for their absence of electro-magnetic interference. This is crucial where electron beams, less than a hair’s breadth across guided by powerful, purpose built, magnets hurtle round a doughnut shaped vacuum chamber at nearly the speed of light; fast enough to travel around the world 7.5 times in one second!

GF Paddle Wheel Low Flow Sensors and Variable Area Flow meters are critical to sustain, control and measure the precise flow rate of the cooling water for the highly focused x-rays, and ultra-violet light beams, of exceptional quality and brightness - 100 billion times brighter than a standard laboratory X-ray tube.

Satisfying a technically demanding design criterion George Fischer’s Paddle Wheel Low Flow Sensors and Variable Area Flow meters were chosen for the third generation Diamond Light Source synchrotron based on the company’s renowned technical backup, high performance and reliability.

An integral part of the Diamond Light Source synchrotron, George Fischer’s insertion paddle wheel technology sensors provide a high resolution, low power device, for measuring extremely low velocity flow rates. Incorporating advanced Hall Effect in their design the sensors and flow meters operate over wide range of voltages and current supplies, necessary as the Diamond Light Source synchrotron can produce 3 Gigaelectron Volts (3 thousand million Volts).

With a floor area of 45,000 m this new research facility at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus near Didcot, Oxfordshire, is the largest scientific facility to be built in the UK for nearly 30 years.

The synchrotron will be able to respond to specific scientific requirements for cutting edge technology in the fields of Biology and Medicine, Physical and Chemical Sciences and Environmental and Earth Sciences. The “synchrotron light” can penetrate deep inside matter and will allow scientists to investigate the world around us at the scale of atoms and molecules.