China one step closer to shining world’s brightest light on the atomic world

China has moved one step closer to generating the brightest X-ray on Earth with the installation of an electron gun at a hi-tech facility on the outskirts of the capital on Monday, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The gun was mounted at the High Energy Photon Source (Heps) centre in Huairou district, a 5 billion yuan (US$773 million) project that is expected to be completed in 2025.

The Heps facility, also known as the “light of hope”, will use new technology to accelerate light particles, or photons, in a massive tube and then focus them on a point to create the world’s smallest, brightest spot.

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