Latest Canadian Light Source Synchrotron Stories

2012-06-14 12:30:05

A team of researchers has developed a new microscope that can image the elemental and magnetic properties of a wide range of energy-important materials that are used in devices such as solar cells and solid-state lighting. The imager is based on a technique known as X-ray excited luminescence microscopy (XELM). It was created by hitching a standard optical microscope to a synchrotron X-ray source. Synchrotrons produce X-rays and other forms of electromagnetic radiation by sending electrons...

2010-09-14 07:00:00

SEATTLE, Sept.14 /PRNewswire/ -- Isilon (Nasdaq: ISLN) today announced that Canadian Light Source, Inc. (CLS), Canada's national synchrotron research facility, has deployed Isilon scale-out storage to power its research into the structural and chemical properties of a wide range of natural and manufactured materials. Using Isilon's X-Series, powered by the OneFS® operating system, CLS has consolidated the majority of its file-based user shares and some of its...

2009-06-08 12:09:52

Scientists identify chemical fingerprint of Barrett's esophagusCanadian Light Source (CLS) staff scientist Luca Quaroni and Dr. Alan Casson, Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) used the synchrotron's infrared microscope to identify tissue afflicted with a condition known as Barrett's Esophagus from chemical fingerprints associated with the disease, which can lead to esophageal cancer. The finding is published in the June, 2009 issue of the Royal...

2008-05-27 03:00:00

It might seem at first glance to be one of the simpler techniques performed at the Australian Synchrotron, but X-ray absorption spectroscopy requires a beamline that is very finely tuned. The technique measures the amount of X-rays absorbed by a sample while scanning a selected range of X-ray energies. The result is information on what elements are present and in what chemical form, what their local environment is and how they are bonded. The technique is only available at synchrotrons. The...

2008-03-19 13:58:57

Using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, an international team led by University of Calgary researcher Ken Ng has determined the detailed structure of the enzyme the Norwalk virus uses to make copies of its genetic code in order to replicate itself. The information is crucial to developing drugs that could be used to treat outbreaks of Norwalk and other related viruses. The Norwalk virus uses the enzyme, RNA polymerase, to make new strands of RNA using an existing RNA strand as a...

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