The Proposal Study Panel (PSP) met on October 20 to oversee and finalize the scoring of General User Proposals for the 2018-1 January–July operating cycle and to make recommendations to the ALS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on Approved Program applications. Beam time allocations for General User Proposals are completed, and users have been notified to view the results by logging in to ALSHub. Approved Program results will be announced shortly. ... Read more »
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When I joined the Advanced Light Source 11 years ago, I came with limited understanding of ALS, but with great respect and admiration for both the facility and its staff from my time as a user. I wanted to learn and see how I could help, and it has been a wonderful experience. ... Read more »
Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)—where magnetic moments in a thin film preferentially point out of the plane of the film—is an emergent phenomenon of both fundamental and technological interest. A combination of x-ray techniques demonstrate how to tune PMA in transition-metal oxide multilayers.
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The 2017 Klaus Halbach Award for Innovative Instrumentation at the ALS was recently awarded to ALS Staff Scientist Dmitriy Voronov “for pioneering work in the area of advanced x-ray gratings.” The research that led up to Voronov’s award began about 10 years ago when he started at the ALS in the Experimental Systems Group with Howard Padmore. ... Read more »
Resonant soft x-ray scattering revealed liquid crystal structures that cannot be probed using diffraction, including chiral liquid crystal systems such as the “blue phase” and the twist-bend nematic phase. Information on how individual molecules form functional structures in these systems is key to developing new applications. ... Read more »
Sol Omolayo joined the ALS about a year ago and has been enjoying the challenge of being part of the design team for the ALS Upgrade project, ALS-U, as well as applying his vacuum engineering expertise to current ALS operations. ... Read more »
Researchers have created a new catalyst that brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis — a system that would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy. ... Read more »
In the world of microscopic physics, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons within so-called quantum materials. Scientists have now disentangled the intriguing dynamics of how such atomic-scale stripes melt and form, providing fundamental insights that could be useful in the development of novel energy materials. ... Read more »
Researchers have discovered some good news regarding corals: the mechanism by which their exoskeletons grow may help them resist the effects of ocean acidification. The discovery, made with PEEM studies, has ramifications not only for the health of coral reefs, but for applications such as 3D printing as well.
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