The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility


The Argonne Guest House will be closed beginning Monday, December 18, 2017, and will re-open Monday, February 5, 2018, due to building maintenance.
Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, a U.S. Department of Energy, held a successful 10th Anniversary Symposium on October 27, 2017.
Robert O. Hettel has been appointed director of the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade Project at Argonne National Laboratory. He will join Argonne in November 2017. Hettel, a veteran accelerator designer and expert on storage ring light sources, comes to Argonne from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Laboratory that includes the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. In his new role, Hettel will oversee the planning, construction and implementation of the Upgrade of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility. This $770 million project will create the world’s ultimate three-dimensional microscope and enable researchers to view and manipulate matter at the atomic level to solve complex science problems across multiple disciplines.
The first Jan Evetts Award for the best paper by a young researcher published in the journal Superconductor Science and Technology has been awarded to Ibrahim Kesgin of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s (DOE-SC’s) Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. First-author Kesgin’s paper is entitled, “High-temperature superconducting undulator magnets.” His co-authors are Matthew Kasa and Yury Ivanyushenkov, all of the Accelerator Systems Division of the Argonne Advanced Photon Source, and Ulrich Welp of the Argonne Materials Science Division.
Under conventional magnification, the crystals Aaron Robart grows in his West Virginia University (WVU) lab may look like simple rock salt, but by bombarding them with x-rays, he and his research team can build computational models that reveal the molecules within. On August 22, Robart, assistant professor of biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine, used the powerful Advanced Photon Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago to zap three types of life-sustaining crystals with x-rays, revealing molecular structures that resemble tangles of corkscrew pasta or patterns of daisies. And he did it without leaving Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Next Advanced Photon Source proposal deadline is 11:59 pm, October 27, 2017.
Argonne National Laboratory has recently implemented an access policy (LMS-POL-59) for minors (defined as anyone under the age of 18) coming to the Lab for research-focused visits, educational and outreach programs, tours, and personal visits. The Advanced Photon Source (APS) would like to make the user community aware of some general requirements and guidelines for common types of visits by minors here at the facility.
The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) is soliciting proposals for user-initiated nanoscience & nanotechnology research. The CNM provides external users with access to a broad range of capabilities for design, synthesis, characterization, and theory & modeling in order to significantly advance the understanding of nanoscale phenomena and develop functional nanoscale systems. Access is provided at no cost to users for research that is in the public domain. Deadline for submission: October 27, 2017
Printed copies of “APS Science 2016” are now available.
John M. Byrd accepted the position of Advanced Photon Source Accelerator Systems Division Director in the Argonne Photon Sciences Directorate, effective July 3, 2017.
Spring is always a busy time at Argonne and the Advanced Photon Source, with various reviews, and this season has been especially jam-packed at the APS Upgrade (APS-U).
Access to Center for Nanoscale Materials capabilities is free for non-proprietary work. Fully one-third of CNM’s users have taken advantage of at least one APS beamline.
Results from research on the Tully monster and amber pieces carried out at the APS are featured in a new exhibit in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.
Kwang-Je Kim and Ryan Lindberg, and Zhirong Huang of SLAC are co-authors of a new textbook, "Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers: Principles of Coherent X-Ray Generation."
Read "All-nighters for Science," an account of an overnight shift during a recent user-beam run at the APS.
Immediately below this Director’s Corner is where you normally find the latest word on our proposed APS Upgrade. This edition of “APS Upgrade News” is bittersweet for us because it marks APS-U Project Director Stuart Henderson’s farewell.
At the end of every fiscal year, the APS User Office sends a questionnaire and survey to those that have used the APS in the past year.
Deming Shu (XSD-ADM) was one of the recipients of a 2016 R&D 100 Award for development of the Hard X-Ray Scanning Microscope with Multilayer Laue Lens Nanofocusing Optics.
NIST scientists recognized for their groundbreaking work on microstructure and dynamics in materials over many length scales under real-world conditions used the USAXS instrument at the APS.
The 2017 National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering will be held on August 5-August 19, 2017, at the APS and the ORNL Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor.