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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.

The Electronic Structure of a “Kagome” Material

Scientists have verified exotic electronic properties predicted to emerge in a ferromagnetic material with “kagome” (trihexagonal) lattice symmetry. The greater understanding of kagome materials afforded by this work helps open up a new path toward goals such as ultralow-power electronic devices and quantum computing. Read more »

Announcement

ALS Doctoral Fellowship Applications Due Jun. 30

ALS Doctoral Fellowships in Residence allow early-career researchers to spend a year at the ALS working at the frontier of synchrotron radiation research and helping advance state-of-the-art techniques and applications.

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3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

A new tool lets researchers pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions happening inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level. Combining ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, Nanosurveyor 1 is a multidimensional tool providing novel insight into the design of next-generation batteries and devices. Read more »

From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin. This research—which has helped us to understand the makeup and origins of objects within and beyond our solar system—stems from long-standing core capabilities in structural and chemical analyses and measurement at the microscale and nanoscale. Read more »

Steve Kevan Named Next Director of the Advanced Light Source

After an international search, Stephen “Steve” Kevan has been named the new director of the Advanced Light Source. Kevan, a condensed matter physicist, had served as ALS director in an interim capacity since January. Previously, Kevan was the ALS division deputy for science for more than five years. Read more »

Will Chueh, Assistant Professor and UEC Chair

For more than 10 years, Will Chueh has been an ALS user. He started coming to the ALS as a grad student using one technique, and now, as an assistant professor at Stanford University, his group uses multiple techniques and multiple user facilities to better understand energy storage materials. Read more »

Announcement

ALS to Host DLSR Workshop Oct. 29-31

Registration is now open for the 6th International Diffraction-Limited Storage Ring Workshop. The workshop will address both the technical challenges and the new research opportunities at fourth-generation x-ray facilities enabled by multibend achromat lattices.

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