PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Researcher at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. The ESRF accelerates electrons around a storage ring housed in the circular building. The radiation is emitted in the form of ultraviolet light and X-rays, which are then used for a variety of experiments in fields as varied as solid state physics, materials science, chemistry, biology and medicine. At the time of its inauguration on September 30, 1994, the ESRF was the world's brightest source of X-rays. It can produce X-rays that are one thousand billion times brighter than hospital X-rays.
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