What is synchrotron light used for?

How does the Australian Synchrotron work?

  • The electron beam produced by the Australian Synchrotron travels just under the speed of light - about 299,792 kilometres a second. The intense light produced by the electrons is filtered and adjusted to travel into experimental workstations, where light reveals the innermost secrets of materials, from human tissue to plants to metals and more.

How many synchrotron light sources are there in the world?

  • Now there are around 40 large synchrotron light sources around the world. These scientific facilities produce bright light that supports a huge range of experiments with applications in engineering, health and medicine, cultural heritage, environmental science and many more. What is a ‘third-generation’ synchrotron?

What is the difference between first and second generation synchrotrons?

  • First generation synchrotrons were built primarily for high-energy particle physics, with synchrotron light experiments performed parasitically. Second generation synchrotrons were solely dedicated to the production of synchrotron light, and used bending magnets to generate synchrotron light; the UK built the first of these at Daresbury in 1980.

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