'World's brightest light' project expected to start mid 2019
A project to build the world's brightest synchrotron radiation light source has passed review by national authorities, said the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) of Chinese Academy of Sciences on Thursday.
Construction of the facility will start in middle of this year at Science and Technology Town located in Beijing's suburban Huairou District, and will be finished in six and a half years.
With an investment of 320 million yuan ($48 million), the Test Facility of High Energy Photon Source (HEPS-TF), the first R&D phase before construction of the facility, is expected to produce X-rays up to 300 keV in photon energy.
A synchrotron radiation light source uses electron-magnetic radiation usually produced by a storage ring.
The first phase will consist of accelerator chains, 14 beamlines and other auxiliary facilities.
To generate light of extreme brilliance, electrons will be accelerated nearly to the speed of light in several stages and forced to travel in a closed path.