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Beaming with delight

A group of “avid science buffs” from the Probus Club of Wantirna Heights recently gathered at the ANSTO synchrotron in Clayton for what was a fascinating tour of the facility.

The guide, who had just completed his PhD thesis, gave members a very interesting and informative description of the synchrotron and the many uses for the radiation produced.

A wide spectrum of wavelengths can be collected in 10 beam lines ranging from low energy infrared to high energy x-rays.

The radiation in each beam is filtered so that the remaining frequency is appropriate for the research and applications undertaken by the users of the individual beam.

The range and depth of applications, and the current and potential benefits for medicine, forensic science, industry and the extension of our understanding of our world, are nothing short of astounding.