China to build world’s brightest light source facility

China plans to build a next-generation synchrotron radiation facility in Beijing, according to a researcher from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dong Yuhui said  that the project is expected to start in November 2018 and will be completed in six years. The total investment will reach 4.8 billion yuan ($698 million), the China Daily reported. The facility, dubbed Beijing Light Source, will meet the national security demands and create aerospace materials among other products. Beijing Light Source will be the so-called fourth generation light source and its key performance indicators would be higher than the third-generation ones. It will create the brightest X-rays worldwide, 70 times brighter than the US National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and 10 times brighter than Sweden’s MAX IV, the strongest of its kind in the world.