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The biggest X-ray machine in the world all set to unravel mysteries


First rays from the biggest X-ray machine designed to conduct research of the most minute materials and chemicals have beamed out. This 3.4 km long X-ray machine will facilitate scientists in the research at the nano-atomic level.

The major part of this machine named European XFEL installed in Germany is fixed under the earth’s surface in the tunnels. The efficiency of this machine will help to image particles sized as minute as atoms, bio-molecules. This effective research accessibility will help scientists study the nature of diseases and health sciences, thus creating a revolution in biomedical technology.

The specifications of this European XFEL include a wavelength of 0.8 nanometre. This is 500 times lesser than the size of the normal visible light. While at first projection, it could only process a repetition rate one pulse per second, it then swelled to 27000 flashes per second.

The primary and the most important constituent of this machine is the superconducting linear accelerator, which was formulated from the electric beam lasers. At first lasing, the laser had a repetition rate of one pulse per second, which will later increase to 27,000 flashes per second.

This machine developed in the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) located in Germany is the biggest contributor of the European XFEL. The rays accelerator itself stretches to 2.1 km long tunnel, where the electron pulses were strongly accelerated which then eventually generated X-rays laser lights. Later, at intensely high energy, the electron pulses entered through the photon tunnel which comprises of equipment which carried out of propulsion of X-rays.

The invention will facilitate research into catalytic techniques and chemical processes and help get the most detailed photographs of the molecular structure and arrangements of the chemical and biological reactions at the atomic level.