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Synchrotron light has unique characteristics of intensity and coherence that can reveal otherwise inaccessible details of materials, simplify their manipulation and provide information in multiple fields of study including electronics, environmental sciences, materials engineering, medicine, and micro and nanotechnologies. The light is generated by electron accelerators, carried through micrometrically collimated beams selected according to their wavelengths, and transmitted through a beamline to the utilisation and measurement stations.
In this section a number of studies and developments undertaken at the Elettra in recent years are decribed. You'll find many examples of the wide range of the services. The Industrial Liaison Office of Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. promotes technology transfer and offers assistance to all who wish to take advantage of its sophisticated skills and equipment.
The use of phase contrast microradiography at Elettra allows the study, at the nanometre level, of the structures of sails for racing yachts, that are virtually invisible under examination by traditional radiographic techniques.
Lithography of micro and nanostructures
X-ray lithography is commonly used to build structures with a resolution of the order of 100 nanometres. The greater penetrating power of X-rays compared to ultraviolet makes this technology particularly suited to the fabrication of complex three dimensional structures in innovative materials.
A new DNA nanochip, a particular type of diagnostic chip consisting of a grid of nanosensors, makes it possible to analyse samples as small as a single cell, eliminating the need to rely on traditional PCR techniques to propagate the genetic material being analysed, which can introduce errors.
Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) light sources exhibit all the properties needed to compete with current technologies, but some technical obstacles remain to be overcome. Elettra has led to the identification of some parameters that can cause surface defects to occur, such as the quality of materials and the methods used to process them.
Elettra has skills in optics, IT and precision mechanics that have enabled it to combine two different correction methods to create mirrors of a higher quality than those produced in other research laboratories or available commercially.