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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.

A Designed Material Untangles Long-Standing Puzzle

The origin of the metal-to-insulator transition in a key material system was revealed by nanostructures designed to decouple simultaneous phase transitions. This approach could lead to new materials with emergent physics and unique electronic properties, supporting broader research efforts to revolutionize modern electronics. Read more »PPT-icon-35 PDF-icon-35


Registration Is Now Open for the 2018 User Meeting

Join us at the ALS User Meeting to celebrate the ALS’s 25th anniversary. This year’s meeting features an exciting new format designed especially with students and early career scientists in mind. Early registration and student poster submission end September 16.Details

Open and Shut: Pain Signals in Nerve Cells

Researchers used x-ray data to define the structure of a closed protein gate important for neuronal signaling. Comparing the closed gate with previously known structures of the same gate when open, researchers now have a comprehensive picture of proton-dependent channels in neurons. Read more »

Bjoern Enders, Physics Postdoctoral Fellow

Bjoern Enders joined the ALS as a postdoc in July 2016. He first worked on Beamline before moving to Beamline 7.0.1 (COSMIC) when was disassembled and the ptychography program was moved in the summer of 2017. His research is part of the NSF Science and Technology Center STROBE. Read more »

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 »


September 5 Deadline for General User Proposals

The User Office is accepting new General User Proposals from scientists who wish to conduct research at the ALS in the 2019-1 (January–July) cycle. Applicants are reminded that they may request joint access to the Molecular Foundry.Apply now

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