The scientists used synchrotron
laminography, a recent imaging technique specially developed for studying large, flat samples.
What they have in common is they're using synchrotron
The football-field-size machine, called a synchrotron
, uses tubes, magnets, vacuum pumps, and other gadgetry to produce intensely powerful beams of light.
Dr Jeff Church from CSIRO plans to use the synchrotron
to combat the Devil Facial Tumour Disease--a horrific facial tumour that has killed thousands of devils.
"But I doubt you will ever see a synchrotron
at an airport scanning your luggage."
When the CLS project was launched, only a handful of Saskatchewan researchers used synchrotrons
. This group has grown to about 80 at the University of Saskatchewan alone.
The NCI is interested in how the synchrotron
facilities might advance the study of cancer at the molecular level.
Excitement is starting to build now that the $174 million Canadian Light Source [CLS] synchrotron
is less than a year from completion and has recruited a world-class synchrotron
scientist to lead it.
For example, IR imaging on biological and industrial samples can be performed now at synchrotrons
with 3 to 5 [micro]m resolution compared to 30 [micro]m available with a laboratory source.