Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source, we would discover, is just that — a light source. And despite the differences in scale and the methods of production, it isn’t so different from the studio lights used by photographers. In each case, the way to get the best image is to shine a really bright light on the subject and take a picture of it. Indeed, the only respect in which the light source’s name can be misleading is that it does not confine itself to the visible light spectrum, but uses everything between infrared and x-rays.
About the Summer of ScienceDuring the summer of 2009, Lizzie Wade (a writer) and Nick Russell (a writer and photographer) drove 15,000 miles across America to take the pulse of American high energy physics as the Large Hadron Collider slowly rumbled to life in Europe. After visits to eight DOE national laboratories, a NASA lab, the Very Large Array and the abandoned site of the superconducting super collider, an article about the trip appeared in Symmetry Magazine. This blog serves as a space to provide detailed accounts of the lab visits, as well as broader commentary on physics and the experience of a massive road trip.
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