Building the Middle East's First Synchrotron

A multi-national project to build a particle accelerator aims to encourage science and peace

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A particle accelerator is tough to build under any circumstance: the precise control of a particle beam requires complex hardware and lots of specialized training. An even greater challenge is building the machine with 30-year-old components, almost no budget, and grand expectations that its existence will bring peace to the Middle East. IEEE Spectrum met with the engineers at SESAME, a synchrotron in Jordan, to see how they're tackling the project.