What are some Applications?

X-Ray / EUV diffraction gratings are used at synchrotron light sources for chemical analysis and imaging for:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Catalysis
  • Electronic and magnetic materials
  • Structural biology
  • Environmental science

And at synchrotron light sources for research on commercial applications including:

  • Characterization of feedstocks for the petroleum refining industry (Energy)
  • Computational modeling of wind turbines and jet engines (Heavy Industry)
  • New materials for electronic paper (Technology)
  • Conversion of heat to electricity in vehicles (Automotive)
  • Drug and medical materials development (Pharmaceutical)
  • And many more

For an overview of the history of synchrotrons and their many applications in science and industry, click here.

Photo: National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory