SCIENCE WITH LIGHT BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
AUSTRALIAN SYNCHROTRON SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
a number of physical and life science disciplines solutions to many challenging
problems cannot be found without resort to powerful light sources that are
not available in conventional laboratories. Scientists and engineers have
combined to build machines, known as synchrotrons, that capture the photons
(light) emitted by electrons travelling at relativistic speeds in near-circular
orbits. The light has special characteristics in an energy range from low
energies (infra-red) to high energies (x-rays) at a brightness typically
one million times brighter than the sun. The capability to control the electromagnetic
spectrum over a wide energy range is a goal eagerly sought by scientists.
The Australian scientific community with the support of international colleagues
is presently building a third generation synchrotron facility in Melbourne.
The facility will be commissioned in 2007.
overview of the Australian Synchrotron Project will be presented along with
the benefits for the scientific and industrial communities of having access
to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. Some examples of unique experiments
that can be performed will be presented.
AFRICAN INSTITUTION OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS
price memorial lecture 4-5 october 2004