The report on the “Workshop to Identify Opportunities in Biological and Environmental Research Uniquely Enabled by the APS Upgrade,” held at Argonne on August 28-29, 2018, is now available.
The emphasis of the workshop was to explore how imaging and microscopy experiments enabled by the APS Upgrade Project (APS-U) will impact biological and environmental research, and identifying opportunities for compelling biological and environmental research that will be enabled by an upgraded APS.
From the report Executive Summary: Attendees at this workshop identified many biological and environmental thematic research areas that would benefit from the projected 500-1000-times increase in x-ray brilliance of the APS-U. Attendees also identified specific key research questions in each of those thematic research areas that presently are not easily addressable, but could be addressed by using the high brilliance of the APS-U hard x-ray beams. Integrated and collaborative brainstorming sessions among workshop participants with biological science expertise, environmental science expertise, or x-ray physics expertise enabled identification of the specific roles different x-ray measurements could play in addressing these critical research questions.
Without exception, all workshop participants expressed great confidence and excitement in the role that the APS currently plays in their respective research areas and the role that the APS-U will play. Below is a short summary of the biological and environmental theme areas workshop participants identified as benefitting from the APS-U. More detailed discussions of each of these biological and environmental research areas, key questions that are addressed by the APS-U, and the specific means by which the APS-U will be used to advance the science are presented later in this report.