Tour the Canadian Light Source

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A video exploration of Canada’s strongest light.

The Canadian Light Source (CLS), located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, is celebrating 10 years of serving researchers from all over the world. The CLS is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and a global centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications. To highlight the cutting-edge work being done at this research facility, the CFI and the CLS have created a package of videos that showcase the brightest minds working with the brightest light.

A synchrotron is a source of light many times brighter than the sun which allows scientists to see the structure and chemical properties of all kinds of materials, ranging from bones to soil. This extremely bright light is produced by using radio frequency waves and powerful magnets to accelerate electrons close to the speed of light, and is shone down beamlines to labs, where researchers select specific wavelengths of light to make observations at the atomic level.

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Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was built on the ideals of thinking big and investing in areas that matter to Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has ensured Canadian researchers have the tools — the cutting-edge labs, facilities and equipment — they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines, and to contribute to the full spectrum of research — from discovery to technology development.