It’s a historic day at Brookhaven: the National Synchrotron Light Source will produce its final photons today. It began operations in 1982, and was the first dedicated facility of its kind in the world. More than 19,000 scientists have done countless experiments using beams of light in the x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, leading to many discoveries and two Nobel Prizes.
Today, we bid farewell to this amazing feat of engineering, and make way for its successor, the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which will produce x-ray beams 10,000 times brighter than NSLS. If you’d like to witness the last moments at NSLS, join us virtually for the closing ceremonies at 3:30 pm Eastern time.
Adieu, NSLS! On to bigger and brighter things!
From CERN’s birthday to closing out the NSLS, it’s been a week of ups and downs in particle physics.