Big news from our new light source! The National Synchrotron Light Source II (that big silver ring-shaped building back near the treeline) hit a huge milestone this week: we stored 25 milliamps of current at 3 billion electron volts of beam in the magnetic storage ring. That means our new facility is ahead of schedule and on its way to sending x-rays down beamlines for scientists to use in their studies of materials, batteries, biological samples, and any number of other fascinating experiments.
Our scientists and engineers have been working on this mega machine for much of the past decade, and it’s exciting to see it come to life. When it’s completed in 2015, NSLS-II will be a state-of-the-art, medium-energy electron storage ring that produces x-rays up to 10,000 times brighter than the original NSLS (where x-rays are already 10,000 times brighter than the ones at your doctor’s office), which started operating at Brookhaven Lab in 1982 and is shutting down at the end of September 2014.