A synchrotron is a large machine (about the size of a football field) that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light. As the electrons are deflected through magnetic fields they create extremely bright light. The light is channelled down beamlines to experimental workstations where it is used for research.
Synchrotron light is advancing research and development in fields as diverse as:
– biosciences (protein crystallography and cell biology)
– medical research (microbiology, disease mechanisms,
– environmental sciences (toxicology, atmospheric research, clean combustion and cleaner industrial production technologies)
– agriculture (plant genomics, soil studies, animal and plant imaging)
– advanced materials (nanostructured materials, intelligent polymers, ceramics, light metals and alloys, electronic and magnetic materials)
– forensics (identification of suspects from extremely small and dilute samples).
The joint workshop of the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian Synchrotron Research Program will be held at Rydges Melbourne (186 Exhibition St) from Wednesday 29 November to Friday 1 December 2006.