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Bruker Nets Synchrotron Contracts

Photonics.com
Sep 2009
Bruker ASC GmbH of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, has been awarded $3.7 million in contracts for synchrotron instrumentation to advance life and material sciences, its parent company, Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) Inc., announced today. Bruker signed separate contracts with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory in Korea, and the University of Lund in Sweden for ultraprecise x-ray mirror systems, double-crystal monochromators, and a complete synchrotron experimental station, respectively. "These contracts are important milestones for our plans to further grow the synchrotron instrumentation business after our recent acquisition by Bruker. Based on our technological experience, we look forward to bringing these critical instruments into operation to support our international customers in achieving their scientific goals and perhaps even new breakthroughs," said Wolfgang Diete, director of Bruker's Synchrotron, Beamline & X-Ray Optics business.

GLOSSARY
monochromator
Also known as monochromatic illuminator. An instrument for isolating narrow portions of the spectrum. The spectrum of any light source is formed by a prism or grating, and an exit slit placed in the spectrum selects a narrow band of wavelengths for emission. By moving the spectrum of a source internally past the slit, the color of the emitted light can be varied at will. As most monochromators emit several percentages of unwanted light -- either white or of the wrong wavelength -- along with...
synchrotron
A device that uses superconducting magnets to bend or accelerate charged particles. It can be used to etch very fine high-density patterns on integrated circuits.
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