Fred Mosselmans’ #My1stLight

This is the first EXAFS dataset I recorded for my PhD in December 1987 at station 9.2 of the SRS. It is of a molybdenum foil. I had been to the SRS after its HBL upgrade to help out on other peoples beamtimes but this is the first dataset that was part of my project. I went on to work at Daresbury and then Diamond, but when I recorded it using a monochrome Textronix terminal, I had no idea I would spend my working life collecting thousands of EXAFS and related spectra. The data was saved to a 3.5 “ floppy disk. The file takes up 35 kB and has a date stamp of “791022”, which I don’t understand, was started at 4 minutes to 7 in the morning with the ring current at 70mA.

Fred Mosselmans is Principal Beamline Scientist for Diamond’s I20 beamline LOLA: Versatile X-ray Spectroscopy