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Synchrotron Radiation Sources for Photobiology and Ultraviolet, Visible and Infrared Spectroscopy

  • J. C. Sutherland

Abstract

Maxwell’s equations show that an accelerating electrical charge emits electromagnetic radiation. The emission of radio waves by electrons oscillating within an antenna is a familiar example of this effect. Electrons moving through a vacuum can be accelerated radially by a magnetic field oriented perpendicularly to their direction of motion. The high energy electrons circulating within a synchrotron experience a centripetal acceleration each time they pass through a bending magnet. Electrons whose path is bent by the magnetic field emit photons along the direction tangential to their path. Thus at each bending magnet around a synchrotron ring, radiation is emitted in a fan-shaped distribution; the limits of the “fan” are the directions of travel of the electrons before entering and after leaving the bending magnet. The radiation covers a very broad spectral range as shown in Fig. 1; this is the most important feature of synchrotron radiation.

Keywords

Circular Dichroism Synchrotron Radiation Storage Ring Magnetic Circular Dichroism Synchrotron Radiation Source 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Sutherland
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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