Since we were children ourselves we've heard the tooth fairy fable: when a child loses a tooth they
place it under their pillow and wake up to find the tooth exchanged for a prize such as a coin or dollar bill. SuperToothNDK
borrows the tale but replaces the tooth fairy with The Australian Synchrotron.
The Australian Synchrotron is a light source facility
which uses particle accelerators to produce a beam of high energy electrons that are boosted to nearly the speed of light and directed
into a storage ring where they circulate for many hours. As the path of these electrons are deflected in the storage ring by either
bending magnets or insertion devices, they emit synchrotron light. The light is channelled to experimental endstations containing
specialised equipment, enabling a range of research applications including high resolution imagery that is not possible under normal
Using the Tooth Fairy story, SuperToothNDK asks parents of primary school children to collect the baby molar
back teeth that fall out from 9-12 year old children and place them in a standard size envelope with each child's first name, date of birth,
and current postcode. They are used for oral health STEM projects in secondary schools and for the Australian Synchrotron where 3D X-ray
tomography can measure the faults where 80% of cavities develop.