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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-rays and infrared, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines.


Message from ALS and ALS-U Directors on High-Field Bend Magnets in the ALS-U Project

One of the important decisions the ALS-U Project has been weighing is which technology to implement to have the best chance of preserving the ALS’s highly valuable and productive tender and hard x-ray programs. Taking into account both user needs as well as the project’s technical risk, schedule, and cost, we have decided to move forward with permanent magnet (3.2 T) source points. read more

Electric Dipoles Form Chiral Skyrmions

Researchers demonstrated that polar skyrmions—cousins of magnetic skyrmions but comprising swirls of electric dipoles instead of spins—exhibit chirality in a material with electrically switchable properties. Control of such phenomena could one day lead to low-power, nonvolatile data storage as well as to high-performance computers. Read more »PPT-icon-35

A Crackling Analysis of Stripe and Skyrmion Phases

Through statistical analysis of “crackling” (a system’s jerky response to slowly changing conditions), researchers demonstrated fundamental differences between skyrmion and stripe phases in a layered heterostructure. The method has broad applicability to many complex materials of interest for emerging information technologies. Read more »

Here Comes the Sun: A New Framework for Artificial Photosynthesis

Scientists have long sought to mimic the process by which plants make their own fuel using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water through artificial photosynthesis devices, but exactly how catalysts work to generate renewable fuel remains a mystery. Now, a study has uncovered new insight into how to better control cobalt oxide, one of the most promising catalysts for artificial photosynthesis. Read more »


CVs Now Required for All On-Site Foreign Nationals

As of February 1, all on-site foreign nationals (non-US citizens) are required to provide their CV listing all science and technology activities to complete their registration. Read more

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