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X-ray source gets a 100-fold boost in brightness

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Science  17 Jul 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6501, pp. 234-235
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6501.234

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A brilliant new light shines in Grenoble, France, where officials at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility last week announced the reopening of their completely rebuilt x-ray source. The ring-shaped machine, 844 meters around, generates x-ray beams 100 times brighter than its predecessor and 10 trillion times brighter than medical x-rays. The intense radiation could open up new vistas in x-ray science, such as imaging whole organs in three dimensions while resolving individual cells. The reborn synchrotron, dubbed the Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS), will open to general users in late August, but since April, researchers have used its intense beams to study SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disease's impact on the body. And the EBS is lighting the way for others, as the United States, Japan, and a dozen other countries develop similar machines.

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