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||Description of the
"Tantalus" Synchrotron Radiation Source Collection
by Alison Oswald
What is "synchrotron radiation" and how is it used?
Synchrotron radiation is light that is given off by charged particles that circulate in accelerators. Physicists and other scientists used the radiation produced by Tantalus in a number of ways, including:
Tantalus was the first dedicated synchrotron radiation source.
- Viewing biological material at a greater magnification
- Studying atomic structure
- Observing the behavior of crystal growth
- Determining atomic arrangement and bonding