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Synchrotron radiation sources

in Germany and with German participation

Synchrotron radiation is generated at large-scale research facilities such as storage rings or free-electron lasers, in which charged particles accelerated to nearly the speed of light emit photons, intense light (synchrotron radiation). These photons provide insight into the microscopic structure of materials and the relationship between structure and function. The broad spectrum of applications provides unique insight into materials, living matter, and the processes they are subjected to and makes synchrotron radiation indispensable in basic research and applications.