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Source: University of Saskatchewan

CLS and French Synchrotron SOLEIL Sign Agreement at the U of S

October 12, 2006

Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan signed a
memorandum ofunderstanding with the new French Synchrotron SOLEIL, during a
special ceremony held at the University October 5th.

"The Canadian Light Source is very pleased to formalize our relationship
with SOLEIL," says CLS Executive Director William Thomlinson. "Future growth
and development at the CLS will advance by sharing expertise in optics and
insertion devices with SOLEIL."

Insertion devices are intricate arrays of magnets that are responsible for
producing a synchrotron's super-brilliant X-rays.

"This is the first step towards creating scientific understanding that will
be of mutual benefit to both facilities," notes Denis Raoux,
Director-General of SOLEIL and co-signatory of the agreement with Dr.
Thomlinson. "There are many unique opportunities at the Canadian Light
Source that do not exist at SOLEIL."

This is the third MOU to be signed by the CLS and another synchrotron in the
last 18 months. Other agreements have included an MOU with the Australian
Synchrotron involving research into medical imaging and applications of
synchrotron light to the mining sector, and an agreement with the Italian
Sincrotrone ELETTRA for the development of a life science imaging program.

Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the CLS is Canada's
national synchrotron research facility. Synchrotron light is used to
understand the structure of matter at its fundamental level, leading to
improved medical imaging, new drugs, advanced materials, better mineral
extraction techniques and enhanced environmental monitoring.

Located south of Paris in St-Aubin, France, SOLEIL is currently becoming
operational. It opens new prospects for probing materials with resolutions
on the scale of a millionth of a metre, with applications in physics,
chemistry, environmental sciences, medicine and biology.


For more information, contact:

Matthew Dalzell
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Light Source Inc
Ph: (306) 657-3739 Fax: (306) 657-3535
Cell: 227-0978

Christine Lateur
Synchrotron SOLEIL
Ph: 01 69 35 90 20
Fax: 01 69 35 94 51

Michael Robin
Research Communications Officer
University of Saskatchewan
Ph: (306) 966-2427



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