APS Articles in Frontiers 2002

Frontiers was the annual publication of Argonne research highlights. This page contains Frontiers articles focusing on APS-related research.

Cover of Frontiers 2002

APS proves Beethoven had heavy metal hair
Researchers using Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) have confirmed that composer Ludwig van Beethoven's years of chronic illness were due to lead poisoning. This toxin also may have contributed to the 19th-century composer's death. more >>

APS’s bright light aids scientific discovery
Using a bright light aids discovery, whether you're searching for your keys or attempting to reveal centuries-old scientific secrets. Researchers at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) have lifted veils from a number of secrets. more >>

Argonne sets world record for shortest wavelength ever from free-electron laser
Scientists and engineers at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source (APS) achieved "saturation" of self-amplified spontaneous emission in a mirrorless free-electron laser at a wavelength more than 1,000 times shorter than the previous record. This accomplishment demonstrated that free-electron lasers based on this process may one day provide laser-quality X-ray beams and open exciting new horizons for research in dozens of scientific fields. more >>


Form follows function – Argonne’s Structural Biology Center reveals the ribosome’s structure
The atomic structure of one of the cell's most important molecules the ribosome was pictured using Argonne's Structural Biology Center (SBC). more >>

New method demonstrated for etching smooth surfaces on semiconductors with X-rays
Argonne scientists are using X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source (APS) to cut tiny patterns in semiconductor material, creating a new way to construct smooth, high-resolution electronic devices. more >>

Tiny materials reveal a giant research challenge
Small particles are big research at Argonne and around the world. Nanomaterials are clusters of atoms or molecules that measure a few billionths of a meter across. Materials made from these tiny clusters are different from their bulk-made kin they may be stronger, tougher and more reactive. They may display new electronic properties, may be more chemically reactive and more resistant to friction and wear. more >>

X-rays reveal clues to prevent juvenile diabetes
Juvenile diabetes, which currently affects more than 700,000 Americans, may be at least one step closer to prevention as a result of recent research performed at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS). more >>


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