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The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy scientific user facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Our mission is to advance science for the benefit of society by providing our world-class synchrotron light source capabilities and expertise to a broad scientific community.


Nominations for User Meeting Awards

Help us recognize members of the ALS community by submitting nominations for the Shirley Award, the Halbach Award, and the Renner Award. Deadline extended: June 16»

Vestiges of the Early Solar System in Ryugu Asteroid

Samples returned to Earth from the asteroid Ryugu revealed that the building blocks of life formed 4.6 billions years ago in the extreme cold of space, followed by reaction with water. The dark, coal-like organic matter in the carbonaceous asteroid could have contributed to the formation of habitable planetary environments. Read more »PPT-icon-35

New Option for Preferred Name in ALSHub

Users and staff may now list their preferred name in addition to their legal name when registering in ALSHub. The preferred name will display on the ALSHub Dashboard, proposal, scheduler, ESAF, and in User Office Communications. Read more »

Three SCGSR Awardees to Conduct Research at the ALS (May 2023)

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program will provide Alaina Hartnett (Harvard University), Mostafa Nassr (UT Austin), and Sreevishnu Oruganti (UIUC) with supplemental awards to conduct research at the ALS in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Read more »

In Fruit-Fly Gut, Bacterial Niche Gets Remodeled for New Arrivals

Researchers found that fruit flies have a specialized niche in their digestive tracts that selects, maintains, and controls bacteria that benefit the fly. Colonization by one type of bacteria physically remodels the niche, promoting secondary colonization by unrelated bacteria. The results will help dissect the mechanisms of host-microbe symbiosis. Read more »

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