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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.


User Town Hall on Shutdown Schedule

A user town hall on Tuesday, January 26, from 12–1 p.m. PST will provide the most up-to-date information on the long-term ALS shutdown schedule, explain the motivations behind decisions, discuss principles and strategies for future decision-making, and answer your questions. details

From Stripes to Skyrmions in a Surprising Material

Researchers showed that tiny bubbles of ordered spins (skyrmions) can be induced to form in a material previously considered incompatible with skyrmion formation. The discovery opens up a new class of material systems that exhibit technologically desirable nanoscale features attractive for spintronic applications. Read more »PPT-icon-35 PDF-icon-35

Unique X-Ray Microscope Reveals Dazzling 3D Cell Images

Researchers used soft x-ray tomography to reveal never-before-seen details about insulin secretion in pancreatic cells taken from rats. By quantifying subcellular rearrangements in response to drugs, the results are an important first step for bridging the longstanding gap between structural biology and physiology. Read more »

Janice Krueger, Senior Business Manager

Coming from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Janice Krueger is no stranger to the Laboratory. She’s excited to get closer to the science by joining the ALS community. Read on to see how she’ll stock her office when we get back on site. Read more »

Newly Discovered Photosynthesis Enzyme Yields Evolutionary Clues

Scientists have discovered a primitive form of rubisco, a photosynthesis enzyme that has helped shape life on Earth. Detailed information about its structure, determined using complementary techniques at the ALS, will help scientists understand how carbon-fixing organisms oxygenated the atmosphere and how modern plants evolved. Read more »

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