Cornell tech facility to receive $15 million in state funding

The Cornell High Energy Synchotron Source will be receiving $15 million in state funding over three years, government and university officials announced Wednesday.

Cornell University will use the funding to invest in capital improvements at CHESS. The funding also will allow for the creation of 50 to 100 high-paying high-technology jobs mostly for engineers and technicians, while allowing for the retention of 150 jobs at CHESS.

Built between 1978 and 1980, CHESS is a high-intensity x-ray source that provides world-class x-ray facilities to researchers from across the nation and around the world, a press release from the governor’s office stated. It uses synchrotron light given off by charged particles — electrons and positrons — as they circulate in a ring at nearly the speed of light. The x-ray beams generated at CHESS help scientists and researchers understand materials from airplane wings to cell membranes, from pollutants in plants to matter under earth-core pressures.

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