Beam me up: Synchrotron secures $80m funding boost for 'important' research

The synchrotron's linear accelerator. Photo: Joe Amao

The synchrotron's linear accelerator. Photo: Joe Amao

It's as big as a football field, has the power of 10 giant microscopes and, thanks to extra funding to the tune of more than $80 million, will be able to continue its groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer treatment.

The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton will be expanded following an $80.2 million funding injection, which has come from a range of groups including governments and universities in Australia and New Zealand, and other institutes.