Sirius, the largest and most complex Brazilian laboratory

Last generation source of synchrotron light may improve the quality of Brazilian research

In its final stage of construcion in São Paulo State, Sirius is a last generation equipment producing synchrotron radiation. It is formed by three particle accelerators – electrons, specifically – from which very concentrated beams are extracted. This type of light can penetrate deeply even in very dense material, producing sharp images of its microscopic structure. Sirius is being installed in a special 68 thousand square-meter building, isolated from external vibrations and temperatures. When operating, it will also allow for investigation of ultrafast chemical and biological phenomena occurring at the atom and molecule scale, which are central to the development of drugs and technological materials, such as longer-lasting batteries.

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