X-rays and Synchrotron

A national need

Print edition : October 17, 2014

In Indus-2, India has its own operational synchrotron source. It has been a great technology demonstrator but is only a second-generation synchrotron. The experience gained from constructing it will help in the building of a state-of-the-art synchrotron. Here, Indus-1, a low-energy synchrotron radiation source, which was commissioned in 1999. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Elettra synchrotron at Trieste, Italy.The Department of Science and Technology has made contributions to facilities such as these for assured access to conduct experiments.

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble France, another facility the Department of Science has contributed to.

Inside BM14, the beamline India uses at ESRF.

A beamline in Petra, Hamburg.

Beamline at Photon Factory in Japan.

Much of the global efforts using X-rays are based on synchrotron radiation, and India has to depend on state-of-the-art facilities abroad. Therefore, setting up a new synchrotron must be seen as part of the larger national scientific endeavour.
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