Berkeley Lab
The Advanced Light Source is a Department of Energy-funded synchrotron facility that provides users from around the world access to the brightest beams of soft x-rays, together with hard x-ray and infrared light, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines.

Tender X-Rays Map the Double-Layer Potential

In a first-of-its-kind experiment at the ALS, researchers demonstrated a new, direct way to study the inner workings of a phenomenon in chemistry known as an “electrochemical double layer” that forms where liquids meet solids—where battery fluid meets an electrode, for example. ... Read more »

2016 ALS User Meeting Highlights

About 400 ALS users came together at the beginning of the month for the annual ALS User Meeting. Attendees listened to colleagues present their research, took part in scientific workshops, interacted with exhibitors, and recognized this year’s awardees. ... Read more »

Designed Protein Nanocages Inspired by Nature

Inspired by protein molecules observed in nature, researchers have now engineered ten large, 120-subunit, two-component protein complexes. These designed nanomaterials are attractive starting points for new approaches to targeted drug delivery, vaccine design, and bioenergy. ... Read more »

Formation of Toxic Furans during Combustion

Researchers predicted and observed for the first time the formation and growth of furans and other oxygenated hydrocarbons produced during combustion. These compounds can have a wide range of detrimental effects on human health, air quality, and regional and global climate. ... Read more »

How to Directly Probe ac Spin Currents

Scientists working at the ALS have made the first unambiguous, direct measurements of ac spin currents flowing through nanostructured metal layers. The work represents a crucial step toward the development of future spintronic devices that are smaller, faster, and more energy efficient. ... Read more »

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ALS-U Science Workshop, January 18–20, 2017

On January 18–20, 2017, the ALS will hold a workshop entitled "Addressing Scientific Challenges with Coherent Soft X-Rays at ALS-U" to explore the frontier of soft x-ray science enabled by the ALS upgrade (ALS-U) and identify key first experiments that are enabled by fully coherent and/or intense nanofocused soft x-ray beams. The workshop will also prioritize essential new and upgraded ALS beamlines and endstations to execute these experiments. More details will follow.