SESAME’s Inauguration Scheduled for Mid-May
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Wed, 2017-05-10
The installed magnets for the Sesame detector.

The Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the research institute based in Allan, Jordan that hosts a synchrotron, a kind of particle accelerator, is scheduled to open its doors on May 16, 2017, in a ceremony to be attended by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan. SESAME is a cooperative venture by scientists and governments of the region set up on the model of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). The Institute is made of physicists from Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Authority with the aim of fostering scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East. SESAME was originally formed through UNESCO, and the nine members each hold two seats on its council, which has appointed Dr. Khaled Toukan, the Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, as its current director.

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