Big Machine Reveals Small Worlds

A football-field-sized machine is giving researchers insight into medicine, forensics, and even chocolate.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 19, 2007

Inside a shiny new machine in suburban Melbourne, Australia, tiny particles are whizzing around at nearly the speed of light.

 

The football-field–size machine, called a synchrotron, uses tubes, magnets, vacuum pumps, and other gadgetry to produce intensely powerful beams of light. The giant contraption looks like something out of a science fiction movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From above, the Australian synchrotron doesn't look like much. Inside the football-field–size machine, tiny but powerful experiments are going on.

 

From above, the Australian synchrotron doesn't look like much. Inside the football-field–size machine, tiny but powerful experim...

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