Large research facilities
Sometimes, one needs unusually large pieces of equipment to look at the smallest of objects – because only these large machines or facilities can generate the
The interior of the SLS building
probesthat are needed to examine matter in such a way that the information being sought can be obtained. PSI maintains a number of such facilities, making them available as a service for other institutions, but also using them for its own research. These facilities are unique within Switzerland, and PSI is the only location in the world for some of the facilities
Research using large facilities
The large facilities at PSI generate neutrons, muons and synchrotron light. Neutrons and muons are very small particles, while synchrotron light is X-ray radiation at an extremely high level of intensity, with adjustable energy. These three
probescan be used to obtain information about the structure of a very wide range of materials, with each probe being especially well-suited to specific experiments.