Brazil opens world’s most advanced synchrotron


Walking across the high-technology hub in Campinas (a city 100 kilometers away from São Paulo) can be a bit monotonous. The pole of scientific innovation is little more than a few concrete buildings, surrounded by immense parking lots. However, now there is one construction which stands out, looking like a sports arena built in the middle of nowhere. It is Sirius, the particle accelerator which is Brazil’s biggest and most complex scientific structure to date. After four years, the state-of-the-art building is finally ready.

Sirius is, more specifically, a synchrotron, a particular kind of accelerator which moves particles around...

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