Sunday, July 13, 2008

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - Grenoble

"A European cooperation in science. Eighteen nations work together to use the extremely bright beams of light produced by the ESRF's high-performance storage ring to study a remarkably wide range of materials, from biomolecules to nanomagnets, and ancient Egyptian cosmetics to metallic foams."


What is our planet made of? What are the processes that sustain life? How can we explain the properties of matter and develop new materials? Will it one day be possible to conquer viruses, predict natural catastrophes or eliminate pollution? These are questions that synchrotron radiation can help answer as it is a powerful instrument capable of resolving the structure of matter down to the level of atoms and molecules.

The three largest and most powerful synchrotrons in the world: Spring-8, Japan; APS, US and ESRF, Europe-France

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