Synchrotron Light Sources for the 21st Century

Patricia Daukantas

Labs on five continents are upgrading their storage-ring synchrotrons and free-electron lasers to make their X-ray beams brighter and more adaptable to scientific and medical applications.

figureAerial view of the Sirius synchrotron light source operated by the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) in Campinas, Brazil. [CNPEM]

Many “big science” projects have a single purpose: telescopes for astronomers; robotic submarines for deep oceanographic dives; dedicated supercomputers for weather forecasting. But a new cohort of brilliant high-energy radiation sources can tackle a much wider spectrum of science and engineering experiments.

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