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Extremely Brilliant Source accelerates first electrons


Upgrades to the pioneering particle accelerator on schedule after technical issues says head

The Extremely Brilliant Source has been switched on for the first time. The on-schedule event is a bright spot for a cutting-edge particle accelerator being constructed in Grenoble, France that has been troubled by ‘hiccups’.

The pioneering “lattice” of magnets the EBS uses to guide a beam of electrons around a ring should mean the light it produces when fully operational is 100 times brighter than previous synchrotron accelerators.

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