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What Is Synchrotron Radiation?

Synchrotron radiation is the light (electromagnetic waves) emitted by electrons as they are caused to change direction by an electromagnet while traveling straight at nearly light speed. It is also called “dream light” because it can be used in leading edge scientific research and technologies. The characteristics of synchrotron radiation are as follows:

 

Characteristics of Synchrotron Radiation

Difference between Synchrotron Radiation and Electron Microscopes

In addition to synchrotron radiation, an electron microscope is another example of a leading-edge analysis method. An electron microscope uses a very narrowly focused electron beam and is an excellent tool to analyze images on the nano level. Synchrotron radiation on the other hand can be used not only for image analysis, but also as a powerful method for conducting analysis on the atomic and molecular level, such as the chemical state and local structure of matter.
Synchrotron radiation, called “dream light” is not independently versatile but rather must be used in combination with other analysis methods to solve problems. We encourage also using the other sophisticated measurement and analysis devices at the Aichi Center for Industry and Science Technology.


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