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These psychedelic hues show off a major scientific tool that helps expose the nanoscale structure of an endless array of materials: x-ray scattering.
High-frequency x-rays from our National Synchrotron Light Source strike a material and bounce off of individual molecules and atoms, and sensitive detectors record the changes in the x-rays’ energy and direction. Using complex mathematical models, scientists use these scattered x-ray points to determine the otherwise imperceptible nanoscale details.
It may be hard to believe, but this stunning, wide-angle x-ray scattering image revealed the crystallization of an organic material that could be used in the next generation of solar cells.

These psychedelic hues show off a major scientific tool that helps expose the nanoscale structure of an endless array of materials: x-ray scattering.

High-frequency x-rays from our National Synchrotron Light Source strike a material and bounce off of individual molecules and atoms, and sensitive detectors record the changes in the x-rays’ energy and direction. Using complex mathematical models, scientists use these scattered x-ray points to determine the otherwise imperceptible nanoscale details.

It may be hard to believe, but this stunning, wide-angle x-ray scattering image revealed the crystallization of an organic material that could be used in the next generation of solar cells.

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