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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.


Spring 2023 ALS Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Open

ALS Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships allow researchers to spend a year in residence at Berkeley Lab working at the frontier of synchrotron radiation research and helping advance state-of-the-art techniques and applications. The next application cycle closes December 9, 2022. Read more »


Watching Nanoparticle Chemistry and Structure Evolve

Using a multimodal approach, researchers learned how chemical properties correlate with structural changes during nanoparticle growth. The work will enable a greater understanding of the mechanisms affecting the durability of nanoparticles used to catalyze a broad range of chemical reactions, including clean-energy reactions. Read more »


Vote for Your 2023 UEC Representatives

The Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) invites you to participate in the election of six new UEC members to represent the ALS community. Read candidate statements and vote by 11:59 p.m. PT on December 1. Read more »

Andrea Taylor, Senior Administrator

As a member of the business administration team, Andrea Taylor is involved in many processes across the ALS—work that draws on her previous roles in hospitality. She has also lent her musical talents to our User Meetings, so be sure to check out the music videos. Read more »

Daniela Leitner Elected APS Fellow

ALS-U’s Daniela Leitner has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for seminal contributions to a better understanding of ECR (electron-cyclotron-resonance) sources and pioneering the development of the fully superconducting ECR source VENUS, which remains the ECR community technology standard for high beam intensities. Read more »

Crossing from One to Two Dimensions in a Single Material

Low-dimensional materials exhibit excellent properties for use in next-generation electronic devices. Now, researchers have discovered an ideal platform for tuning between 1D and 2D physics, expanding the possibilities for device engineering and offering a versatile platform for the exploration of intriguing low-dimensional physics. Read more »

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