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Panel Backs Next-Generation Synchrotron

Science  05 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5407, pp. 1428-1429
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5407.1428b

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GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND-- A key federal panel last week recommended continued research toward a "fourth-generation" synchrotron, a machine capable of creating x-ray pulses billions of times more intense than current designs. The instrument could revolutionize many fields of science, from figuring out protein structures to understanding the physics of materials, by providing more detailed snapshots and movies of the atomic structures of molecules and materials. It's unlikely to be built in the next decade, however.

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