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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.

In Memoriam: Dave Humphries, Staff Engineer

We are saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, Dave Humphries. During his long tenure at Berkeley Lab and at the ALS in particular, Dave contributed in many outstanding ways to the success of the Laboratory and of our facility. Dave was at home with his family and passed away peacefully on September 13, 2019. Read more »

Multiple Levels of Chirality from Achiral Molecules

Liquid crystal samples were found to exhibit up to four levels of chirality, despite being made up of achiral molecules. The work sheds light on how molecular properties and competing interactions “propagate” order from the molecular level up to the microscale, leading to complexity similar to that found in biological materials. Read more »

Curtis Gomez, Electrical Safety Officer

Curtis Gomez recently became the ALS electrical safety officer. Besides looking out for hazards, his work in motor controls coordination draws from a TV and radio background—and working for a local band that made it big. Read more »

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