About synchrotron radiation
A wide range of application of synchrotron radiation in many areas of research both basic and applied ones results from unique characteristics of this radiation, in particular from its extraordinary intensity over a wide spectral area. The possibility of monochromatic radiation provides a unique tool which helps to do research in a completely new cognitive and technological areas.
Synchrotron radiation significantly exceeds traditional sources of electromagnetic radiation. It has a well collimated beam and it contains photons with a wide range of energy – from radiation in the far infrared to hard X-ray. It also has a high degree of linear or circular polarization.
High angular resolution capability helps for instance to obtain structural information for proteins and other biological systems which cannot be obtained in the form of monocrystals. This possibility is very attractive for the pharmaceutical industry since it is necessary to carry out a systemic structural analysis in the design and synthesis of new drugs.