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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.

New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to experiments on lab-synthesized mineral samples serving as proxies for Martian meteorites. Shock experiments followed by x-ray diffraction studies showed how changes in the minerals could indicate a more water-rich history for the Red Planet. ... Read more »

Gregory Su, Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow

Gregory Su is a postdoctoral fellow studying connections between chemistry, structure, and function in soft materials by combining experimental soft x-ray spectroscopy and scattering with ab initio calculations. Su has been at the ALS since March 2016 and works primarily with the scattering group at Beamline 11.0.1.2, the Resonant Soft X-Ray Scattering (RSoXS) beamline. What … Read more »

A Systematic Approach to Customizing Cyclic Proteins

Proteins consisting of identical subunits arranged symmetrically around a central axis (cyclic homo-oligomers) play key roles in many biological processes. Researchers have now developed a systematic approach to their design and demonstrated its accuracy using protein crystallography and small-angle x-ray scattering. ... Read more »

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Doctoral Fellowship Applications Due June 30

ALS Doctoral Fellowships allow early-career researchers to spend a year in residence at Berkeley Lab working at the ALS.

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