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Synchrotron Radiation

Biological Structures and Microelectronics

   

The synchrotron radiation, the "light" of modern accelerators has become an important tool to explore biological structures and the surface structure of metals and other materials. The wide spectrum of electromagnetic waves makes it possible to investigate sensitive biological material as well as creating new structures for miniature electronics. The synchrotron radiation, once regarded as only a nuisance when trying to reach higher collision energies, has now come to play an increasingly important role in modern society.

 

The synchrotron radiation contains a broad spectrum of electromagnetic waves, extending from visible light to ultraviolet radiation and short wave X-rays.
 
This measuring station at the Hamburg Synchrotron Laboratory is used to irradiate protein molecule crystals with intense X-ray light. With this method it is possible to investigate biological structures.
 



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