This section provides an overview for synchrotron as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 7 synchrotron manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked synchrotron companies as of March, 2024: 1.Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., 2.Torr Scientific Ltd, 3.ZEISS Microscopy.
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2019: Moved to another company in the same industry and has been in charge of similar work until now.
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A synchrotron is an accelerator that controls the high-frequency electric field that accelerates the speed of charged particles and the magnetic field that deflects their path so that they can maintain a constant circumference of their rotation.
While cyclotrons have an ever-increasing radius of gyration, synchrotrons can control the kinetic energy of the charged particles that are ultimately extracted by keeping it constant. This also eliminates the problems associated with the effects of relativity.
Synchrotrons are used in particle beam (heavy particle and proton beam) therapy, a type of radiation therapy currently used in cancer treatment. Radiation therapy has attracted attention because of its various advantages over conventional particle therapy using photon beams, such as X-rays or proton beams.
In particular, heavy particle therapy uses carbon ions, which are even larger particles than protons, and has been confirmed to be effective in treating diseases that have been difficult to treat with conventional radiotherapy.
One of the major applications of synchrotrons is heavy particle radiotherapy, which offers advantages that have not been available in conventional cancer treatment. Currently, there are three types of cancer treatment: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy, one of the treatments, uses particle beams such as X-rays and protons, and depending on the type of cancer, has a cure rate comparable to that of surgery. On the other hand, localized side effects are said to be unavoidable.
The advantages of heavy particle radiation therapy are that it is effective for cancers deep inside the body and for cancers that are difficult to treat with X-rays or protons.
Heavy particle irradiation from two directions (horizontal and vertical irradiation) makes it possible to concentrate irradiation on cancers deep inside the body, without damaging the surrounding normal cells.
In addition, the irradiation of heavy particles (e.g., carbon ions), which have a relatively large mass, has enhanced the ability to kill cancers such as sarcomas that have not been effectively treated with conventional radiotherapy.
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Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (SHI) was established in 1888. SHI offers complete solutions for industrial machinery production and operations, heavy machinery for infrastructure, logistics, and construction, power generation systems as well as systems to reduce pollution, water purification, and ship construction. In addition, SHI also offers various software services including IT solutions.
ZEISS Microscopy, established in Jena, Germany, in 1846 is a manufacturer of optics and optoelectronics used in Precision Mechanics, Binoculars, Microscopy, and Eyeglass Lenses. Their product portfolio includes precision optics, such as lenses, mirrors, and prisms, laser mirrors used in laser cutting, and medical devices, optoelectronic devices and Coatings and Thin Films. The company also provides solutions including industrial quality, microscopy research, project simulation, sample testing and product development. The company also offers customer services that include support, custom research projects and customized services.
G&H, established in 1983 and headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, is a manufacturer of photonic components, modules, and systems. The company specializes in acousto-optics, fiber optics, electro-optics, precision optics, and crystal optics. Its product and service range includes photonic components, modules, and systems. G&H has over 200 employees and operates in more than 20 countries. The company's products are used in a wide variety of applications, including telecommunications, medical imaging, aerospace, defence and industrial automation.
Kurt J. Lesker Company was founded in 1954 and is a manufacturer and distributor of vacuum equipments based in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, United States. The company manufactures various vacuum products such as vacuum chambers, vacuum pumps, pressure measuring devices, polymer coatings, and thin film deposition systems. The products are used in various fields such as decorative coatings, aerospace, electronics, optics, and LED. The company has obtained the ISO 9001 standard certificate.
CERN, established in 1954 and headquartered in Meyrin, Geneva, Switzerland, is a European organization for nuclear research that explores the fundamental structure of the particles comprising all matter. The company’s basic tools are particle accelerators and detectors. These tools were initially invented for research and now find widespread applications in various fields, from medical diagnostics and therapy to computer chip manufacturing. It created the World Wide Web to facilitate information sharing among scientists. It also developed the Grid, a global computing network that processes the colossal volume of data generated by the LHC experiments.
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