China is working on building the world’s brightest synchrotron light source facility

China is planning to build a state of the art synchrotron radiation facility in Beijing. The news comes from Chinese Academy of Sciences which is the country’s top research institutes. Dubbed the Beijing Light Source, it will meet national security demands and help research into aerospace materials along with other products. It will also be a boon to the medical industry.

The project is expected to start construction in November 2018 and will complete within six years. The total investment is expected to reach 4.8 billion yuan ($698.4 million).

It will be called the Beijing Light Source as it will create the brightest X-rays in the world. It will be 70 times brighter than the US National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and 10 times brighter than Sweden’s MAX IV which is currently the strongest. It will be the fourth generation light source, and its performance would be higher than the third-generation designs.

Using bright X-rays scientists can do research on measuring atomic structure of various substances. Higher brightness helps to see more details of substances.

China currently has light sources ranging from first generation to third generation in Beijing, Anhui province, and Shanghai. There are more than 50 such facilities worldwide providing support in many research fields. The bright light source also helps in the medical field, helping researchers know mechanisms of tumours and cerebrovascular diseases.

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