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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.


Announcing the ALS-U Project Beamlines

Following an inclusive selection process, ALS-U Project Director Dave Robin is pleased to announce the new and upgraded beamlines that will be included in the scope of the ALS-U Project. Read more

Electric-Field Switching of Topological Phase

Researchers have successfully switched a topological insulator on and off by applying an electrical field. The work represents a major advancement toward the creation of a functioning topological transistor that would allow devices to operate more efficiently at lower power than conventional electronics. Read more »PPT-icon-35

Hidden Flow of Lithium Ions Points Way to Better Batteries

Experiments revealed that lithium ions unexpectedly flow along the surfaces of electrode particles, boosting the growth of lithium “hot spots” that shorten battery life. The results correct decades’ worth of assumptions and will help improve battery design, potentially leading to a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. Read more »PPT-icon-35

Forum Reinforces ALS Links to Water-Energy Nexus

About 80 Berkeley Lab scientists gathered at the ALS last week for an “ALS Water-Energy Outreach Forum” to discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from a growing focus on the nexus between water and energy—two resources essential to human populations—and to explore how the ALS can help address key questions in the field. Read more »

Robbie Leftwich-Vann, ALS-U Project Manager

Robbie Leftwich-Vann came to Berkeley Lab with years of experience with NASA and the aviation sector. She is focused on building the infrastructure and setting up the tools for the ALS-U team to succeed—enabling the project to take flight. Read more »

Update from ALS Director Steve Kevan

Reflecting on my first year as ALS director, I am amazed and proud of several major organizational changes, significant accomplishments, and staff recognitions, though of course there are still many challenges left for the future. Read more »


March 6 Deadline for General User Proposals

The User Office is accepting new General User Proposals (GUPs) from scientists who wish to conduct research at the ALS in the 2019-2 (July-December) cycle.
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