La Rivista del Nuovo Cimento

Year 2017 - Issue 4 - April

The light of SESAME: A dream becomes reality

Authors: H. Schopper
DOI: 10.1393/ncr/i2017-10134-8
pp. 199-239
Published online 6 April 2017
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Abstract: The foundation of the international SESAME synchrotron laboratory in Jordan is described including political, technical, scientific and financial aspects. Following the model of CERN, its objective is not only to promote science but also bring people together from countries with different traditions, religions and mentalities. To create an international organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region required sometimes quite unconventional procedures not disclosed in any official document. Because of the exceptional circumstances, a more detailed description of its history may be of interest. Although its success was doubted by many at its start, the facility will start operation in spring 2017.