The Australian Government, through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, has committed $520 million to the operation of the Australian Synchrotron
over the period 2016-2026, a portion of which is contingent on ANSTO securing third party capital investment for new beamlines.
If people had no access to synchrotrons
then a lot of science wouldn't be done.
By revealing molecule-size details such as these, synchrotrons
have also helped scientists create more-absorbent baby diapers, better packaging for potato chips, and higher-performing jet engines.
A collaboration between five state governments, the Commonwealth and New Zealand Governments, 25 Australian universities, CSIRO, ANSTO and other research institutions, synchrotron
should drive Australian innovation for years to come, the Minister for Major Projects, Theo Theophanous, said.
light sources use multi-GeV electron beams stored in large rings of magnets to generate intense 1 [Angstrong] wavelength radiation.
However, X-ray spectromicroscopy does require that experiments be conducted in close proximity to a synchrotron
, which was developed in the United States in 1945, drives charged particles to speeds close to that of light around a circular storage ring through the combination of a high-frequency electric field and a low-frequency magnetic field.
University of Western Ontario (UWO) chemistry professor Michael Bancroft, FCIC, has been using and promoting synchrotrons
for research for more than 30 years.
Expert structural biologists have been working for two years to develop plans for the beamlines generated by Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, a synchrotron
that produces some of the nation's most brilliant x-rays for research.
This will ensure continual access to the unique properties of the Synchrotrons
light beams, as researchers will be able to reveal in exquisite detail the innermost structures of a range of materials.