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What is a Synchrotron?

A synchrotron produces extremely bright light — millions of times brighter than the sun — by using powerful magnets and radio frequency waves to accelerate electrons to nearly the speed of light.

Canada is fortunate to have our own synchrotron, the Canadian Lightsource (CLS) in Saskatoon.

The CLS is one of only a handful of “third-generation” synchrotrons in the world. This new 2.9 GeV synchrotron light source is state-of-the-art and is one of the best available internationally.

The Canadian Lightsource’s website;┬áis an excellent resource on how a synchrotron works.