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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.


2019 ALS User Meeting: Registration Now Open

Join us October 1–3 for the 2019 ALS User Meeting. Register early so you don’t miss the exciting scientific program. read more

Tuning Material Properties with Laser Light

Researchers demonstrated that coupled electronic and magnetic properties in a material can be repeatably tuned using laser light. The results suggest the possibility of creating microelectronic devices that use a laser beam to erase and rewrite bits of information in materials engineered for random-access memory and data storage. Read more »PPT-icon-35 PDF-icon-35

In Memoriam: Charles Fadley, Pioneer in X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Charles “Chuck” Fadley, a pioneer in x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, died at his home in Berkeley on August 1 after several years of treatment for cancer. He held the positions of distinguished professor emeritus of physics at UC Davis, and Advanced Light Source professor and senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. He was 77. Read more »

Molecular Framework Imparts Stability to Reactive Catalyst

Researchers have shown that a rigid metal–organic framework (MOF) can be used to stabilize core regions of a reactive catalyst that has potential for use in artificial photosynthesis. The framework immobilizes and preserves key reactive intermediates and affords a clearer view of how the catalyst’s structure correlates with function. Read more »

A Bullfrog’s Powerful Defense Against Toxic Red Tides

Working as a “molecular sponge,” a bullfrog protein known as saxiphilin provides powerful, yet little understood, protection against deadly neurotoxins produced in red tides. Crystallography studies at the ALS have clarified saxiphilin’s function, potentially enabling better ways to monitor and combat toxins in our oceans and food supplies. Read more »PPT-icon-35


General User Proposal Deadline: September 4

The User Office is accepting new General User Proposals (GUPs) from scientists who wish to conduct research at the ALS in the 2020-1 (January–June) cycle. Read more

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