Swiss Plan Next-Generation X-ray Source

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Science  26 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5261, pp. 479
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5261.479a


Venice, Italy—Swiss physicists are hailing a decision by their government to allocate $1.5 million to study the construction of a new x-ray source that would put Switzerland in the big leagues of synchrotron radiation research. The planned facility, called the Swiss Light Source, would use a circulating beam of electrons with an energy of up to 2.1 gigaelectron volts to produce lower energy “soft” x-rays. If the government follows through on the planning grant with construction funds—as many now expect—the $135 million facility could be up and running by 2001.