MANUAL: X-ray Bible

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1735
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1735d

Synchrotrons are physicists' answer to NASCAR: electrons zoom around and around inside a massive ring of magnets, discharging x-rays that can be used to probe matter. Drop by any synchrotron and you'll probably find a well-thumbed copy of the X-ray Data Booklet, a compendium of graphs and tables of values needed for experiments that was first published in 1987. A new Web version of the latest edition (January 2001) lets you find electron binding energies, x-ray emission energies, and more with a few clicks. There's also a primer on synchrotron function and history.

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