The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) is responsible for the operation of the only synchrotron light source in Latin America.
With open facilities, LNLS receives academic and industrial researchers from several countries. Its idealization as National Laboratory represents a mark in the institutional design of scientific research in Brazil, which enabled the construction and the implementation of an open use research facility.
The Country has access to an extremely sophisticated infrastructure, which can be used simultaneously by many research groups. Among its advantages is the efficiency in the use of its facilities since the laboratory operates 24h a day.
Furthermore, LNLS has its own team of qualified professionals, capable of providing technical support, in order for researchers from every area to have the access to this tool on their investigations, even having no previous knowledge in the use of synchrotron light sources. Its mode of operation also allows the maintenance of an inter- and multidisciplinary environment, which enriches the learning of young researchers.
With a challenging engineering project, the Laboratory was designed to attract researchers and engineers, whose capability provided the development of important technological fields for the country. The Laboratory also developed locally the knowledge about accelerator and beamline construction, with the production of components and equipment made in Brazil as much as possible. This strategy reduced the cost of the construction of its first synchrotron light source, and allowed the mastery of knowledge related to the maintenance and improvement of the machine and of the scientific instrumentation related to it.
As a result, Brazil was the first country in Southern Hemisphere to gather the technical competence to develop and operate a great scientific equipment such as the synchrotron light source.