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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.

Big Twist Leads to Tunable Energy Gaps in a Bilayer Stack

Researchers found that twisting 2D layers at atypically large angles opens up potentially useful energy gaps in the material’s band structure. The results suggest a new way to tune materials for optoelectronic applications and provides a platform for exploring novel “moiré” phenomena beyond those observed at small twist angles. Read more »PPT-icon-35 PDF-icon-35

Scientists Discover First Nitrogen-Fixing Organelle

In two recent papers, an international team of scientists describe the first known nitrogen-fixing organelle within a eukaryotic cell. The organelle is the fourth example in history of primary endosymbiosis—the process by which a prokaryotic cell is engulfed by a eukaryotic cell and evolves beyond symbiosis into an organelle. Read more »

Monika Choudhary, Computing Postdoc

As a postdoc, Monika Choudhary applies computing models to real experimental data at the ALS, work that uses her extensive computer science knowledge and experience. Read more about the path that led her to the ALS and the people she’s met along the way. Read more »

Case Study of Aerosol Particles Influenced by Wildfire

Researchers studied atmospheric aerosols influenced by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. They examined the connection between particle size, chemical composition, and phase state, in particles collected during the day and at night. The information is important for modeling the effects of wildfire smoke on atmospheric properties. Read more »

Save the Date: 2024 ALS User Meeting

Don’t miss the 2024 ALS User Meeting featuring invited speakers, hands-on workshops, tutorials, and a potential collaborative workshop with the ALS and Molecular Foundry. Exciting discussions await, so mark your calendars for August 12–14. Read more »