With the help of a recent $19 million American Recovery and Re-investment Act (ARRA) grant, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) could become the site of the most advanced x-ray machine in the world.
According to Sol Gruner, physics, Cornell’s synchotron is one of five of its kind in the United States. Gruner is director of the CHESS facility.
“Well, we’d like to build something which basically is more powerful than any of them,” he said.
That’s the goal for the Energy Recovery Linac X-Ray Machine (ERL), which, because of the grant, could have a conceptual design submitted by 2010.
Despite this federal award, there remain obstacles that must be cleared before construction of the ERL can begin.