Prospects were looking bright Friday (Feb. 6) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz dedicated the lab’s new $912 million National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), which will be the brightest synchrotron light source in the United States and—within a certain energy range—the world.
“The research performed at NSLS-II will probe the fundamental structure of novel materials and help drive the development of low-cost, low-carbon energy technologies, spark advances in environmental science, and spur medical breakthroughs,” Moniz said.
The NSLS-II will produce extremely intense beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light, allowing researchers—including biologists, chemists, and environmental scientists—to peer into the nanoscale, probing the properties of materials at resolutions approaching 10 nanometers. Scientists will use the facility to study high-temperature superconductors, next-generation silicon chips, and biological proteins on the smallest scales. The NSLS-II will be 10,000 times as bright as its predecessor, the National Synchrotron Light Source, which ran for more than 30 years.
More - Link >>> http://news.sciencemag.org/people-events/2015/02/new-light-source-shines-brookhaven-national-laboratory
More on the National Synchrotron Light Source II:
Link 1 >>> http://www.bnl.gov/ps/
Link 2 >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Synchrotron_Light_Source_II
Source: Science Magazine / American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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