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Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation
Institut canadien du rayonnement synchrotron

Synchrotron Physics

The Facilities

Synchrotrons are large particle accelerator facilities that accelerate electrons at speeds close to the speed of light. This is done to generate powerful beams of x-ray and infrared light that are a vital for a wide spectrum of research techniques and research disciplines.

Radiation

Synchrotron radiation is the light produced when a beam of charged particles (eg electrons) accelerated at high speed is subjected to a magnetic field that causes it to change direction.

Spectrum

Synchrotron light is emitted over the entire spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum (from infra-red to hard X-rays).

Versatility In Application

The radiation produced by a synchrotron accelerator is a research tool that offers multiple uses and substantial advantages over other sources. 

Opportunities

A large number of senior Canadian researchers are using synchrotron radiation, and this number is growing rapidly.

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Advanced Materials​

High-performance batteries and photovoltaics, quantum materials, hydrogen fuel cells, spintronics, high temperature superconductors, alloys and steels, nuclear storage materials​.

Health​

Molecular and cellular biology, molecular and protein crystallography, high contras and high-resolution imaging, disease mechanisms​.

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Environment​

Toxicology, soil and atmospheric contaminants, ore and geologic material characterization​.

Agriculture​

Soil science, animal and plant imaging.

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