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Nuclear facility – Canadian Light Source

Canadian Light Source is a national research facility with an operating Class IB 2.9-gigaelectronvolt (GeV) synchrotron and an operating 43-megaelectronvolt (MeV) Class II linear accelerator.

Synchrotrons create bright, focused light by accelerating electrons to a very high energy and then forcing them to change direction using magnetic devices. Scientists use synchrotron light to take images of samples, analyze their chemistry, or understand a sample’s structure.

The facility is located at the University of Saskatchewan.

Aerial view of Canadian Light Source’s research facility

Aerial photo of Canadian Light Source is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Licensee: Canadian Light Source Inc.
Accelerator type:

Class IB: 2.9-GeV synchrotron

Class II: 43-MeV linear accelerator

Owner: University of Saskatchewan

Class IB: Operating

Class II : Operating

Licence issued:

Class IB: June 1, 2022

Class II: August 14, 2014

Licence expires:

Class IB: May 30, 2032

Class II: July 31 2024

Start of operation:

Class IB: 2005

Class II: 2013

Licensing documentation: Request a copy of Canadian Light Source Inc.’s licence and licence conditions handbook by email at
Facility website: Canadian Light Source Inc.

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