Light sources are facilities which use particle accelerators to generate super-bright, intense beams of electromagnetic radiation. Although we refer to this radiation as light, our experiments do not use visible light. Instead, we use parts of the light spectrum which are invisible – X-rays, Ultra violet light and infra red light.
The intense light we produce can be used to study materials in incredible detail – far more closely and dynamically than is possible using a microscope. This gives insight into the structure of proteins, helps uncover new materials and allows us observe chemical reactions as they occur. Synchrotron light is at the heart of the modern scientific process, allowing researchers to visualise life and the world around us at previously impossible scales.
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