The Australian Synchrotron creates a light one million times brighter than the sun. The powerful light is used to ‘see the invisible’: the structure, composition and behaviour of natural and fabricated materials at a level of detail not possible in conventional laboratories. Researchers come to use the synchrotron in many areas of study including health, industry, and agriculture.

If you’ve always wanted to know not just the ‘what’, but also the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of synchrotron science, this event is for you!
What does synchrotron light tell researchers about their material that other techniques can’t? Why is the light so special? And how does one light source help studies in so many diverse areas?

We’ll explore some recent projects undertaken at the Australian Synchrotron, and show you exactly how scientists used synchrotron light to find the answers they were seeking. In this International Year of Light, we’ll take an in-depth look at just how synchrotron light helps researchers improve our health and wellbeing, and links with Australian industry.

Please note: This event has advanced content for a general audience, and assumes a reasonable knowledge of high school level science in areas such as physics, biology and chemistry. No tour, lecture only.

This event is celebrating the International Year of Light 2015: