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UW Synchrotron Center closing due to lack of funding

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- After more than 30 years of operation, a UW lab is shutting down due to a lack of government funding.

The UW Synchrotron center near Stoughton circulates electrons near the speed of light that emit light beams.
The synchrotron - nicknamed Alladin, has been used by scientists from around the world and has accounted for a number of significant scientific achievements.

Ken Jacobs, the Group Leader for Accelerator & Development says, "We have an infrared beam of light which is acknowledged to be the best in the world it's just hands down the best and the principal investigator for that is gonna take the instrument, hopes to find another source where she can use it, and even then says with luck it will operate half as well as it does here."

The lab is one of only seven of its kind in the country.
After Friday, UW will look to donate most of the equipment to other laboratories.

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