Brazil scientists racing to finish a particle accelerator, fourth generation synchrotron Sirius

Source: MercoPress

Brazilian scientists are racing against time to finish building a particle accelerator the size of the Maracana football stadium before government funds run out or it is superseded by rival technology.

The fourth-generation synchrotron, called Sirius, is in the final stage of construction and will be used to make advances in medicine, health, energy and the environment. Work on the gigantic particle accelerator in Campinas, some 90 kilometers from Sao Paulo, began in 2015.

Six synchrotron light beams are expected to be operational in 2020 -- short of the 13 scientists had hoped for, but sufficient for testing to start.