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The synchrotron: the world's biggest microscope
At their experimental facility in Oxfordshire, a number of engineers from different disciplines explain how they constructed the enormous synchrotron microscope. They also explain how it works. It accelerates electrons close to the speed of light to generate X-rays and other beams, which allow engineers and scientists to see deep into a sample of anything from metal to bacteria. The engineers explain the precision needed to build this vast structure to an accuracy of less than the width of a human hair. To accelerate the electrons to the speeds needed they must maintain a vacuum as good as in outer space.
To illustrate the engineering world and engineering the future. Includes areas such as design, materials and maintenance. Also examples of precision electronic equipment, engineering innovation, and new developments in materials. It can also be used to highlight a number of the career paths open to engineering students.
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