Brazil is going to build its second Synchrotron Light Source

Publicado em 11/02/2009

11/02/2009 –

The discussions about the construction project of the second Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source, LNLS-2, were launched last Tuesday, February 10th. The “1st Workshop LNLS-2: Development and Scientific Cases” was the milestone of this great project. It was aimed at discussing the scientific and technological problems to be investigated with the new Brazilian Light Source and detailing the technology, engineering and budget for its construction. The Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) has already transferred R$ 2 million to the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS). This sum will be used in the structuring of the project.

LNLS-2 is intended to be a high performance Synchrotron Light Source. It will be based on an electron storage ring capable of producing photon beams up to tens of millions times brighter than the ones generated by LNLS-1. It will be a powerful and state-of-the-art tool for materials characterization at the atomic level, with many applications for several strategic research areas in science and technology


The “1st Workshop LNLS-2” was held on February 10 and 11 at the LNLS campus in Campinas, Brazil, after the 19th edition of LNLS Annual Users Meeting (RAU).

The workshop included talks by Mikael Eriksson, from MAX-lab Synchrotron (Sweden), and Peter Fischer, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), among others. One of the highlights was the round table “Finance and Sustainability” with Antonio Rubens Britto de Castro, from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) / LNLS, Carlos Alberto Marques Couto, from the Research and Projects Financing (FINEP), Alexandre Garcia Costa da Silva, from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and Alvaro Saavedra, from Petrobras.


Last year, 438 research projects were conducted at LNLS-1 beamlines. Located in Campinas and in operation since 1997, LNLS receives researchers from different parts of the world, mostly from Brazil and other Latin American countries. Research held in its facilities has as main objective to unravel the structure of the matter on atomic and molecular level. With the Synchrotron Light it is possible to identify how the atoms are grouped and discover, for example, the chemical composition of an object.