Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I have made repeated mention of synchrotron centers. If people are curious on what they are (and if you want my opinion, you SHOULD know what they are because there's a good chance your tax money is being used to build one), then you should go to this link:

This site list all the activities related to synchrotron centers, and has a comprehensive listing of ALL the synchrotron centers (and other light source centers) all over the world. Eventually, if it hasn't already, it will include all the FEL (free electron laser) centers since these are also light sources that promises to be of great use in the future.

The National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) that I had mentioned in my earlier entry where I made my 1 1/2 second worth of fame, is one such center. If you are in the New York City/Long Island area over the summer, you may want to keep an eye on the Brookhaven Lab (where the NSLS is located) website for their yearly Summer Sunday Tours. One of these tours will focus on the NSLS, which along with the RHIC tour, is one of the most popular places to visit during this event.

So, go familiarize yourself with this thing. See what have been done and can be done at such a center. You could be finding out about something that you didn't know before!


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