Synchrotron Soleil General diagram of Synchrotron Soleil. The outer circular ring is the synchrotron, i.e. a particle accelerator that brings electrons (light blue beam) to very high speeds. The electrons are accelerated by electric fields in the straight sections between green squares. The red rectangles are magnets that bend the beam. When the beam is bent the electrons emit synchrotron radiation (shown in yellow), especially X-rays; these are sent into the various beamlines (the straight lines branching out of the synchrotron). Each beamline contains scientific instruments, experiments etc. and receives an intense beam of radiation. #science #technology #physics #astrophysics

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