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

Virtual Tour Video Offers a Look Inside the Advanced Photon Source

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) is one of the most productive x-ray light sources in the world. More than 5,500 scientists from around the world travel to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in a typical year to use the ultrabright x-ray beams generated by this DOE Office of Science user facility.

For those who haven’t yet made the trip, this five-minute video offers an inside look at the APS, from the powerful accelerator at its heart to the beamlines where groundbreaking research is conducted. The video serves as an introduction to the facility and its work, and is perfect for users who haven’t been on campus, students, sponsors and other groups who would like to take a virtual tour from their homes or classrooms. It includes information on the in-progress APS Upgrade, which will increase the brightness of the x-ray beams generated at the APS by up to 500 times.

The video can be viewed (YouTube) or downloaded at the APS Media Center: 5-minute HD Video Tour of the Advanced Photon Source (645-MB mp4) (YouTube / Download).

The Advanced Photon Source is a DOE Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357

The U.S. Department of Energy's APS at Argonne National Laboratory is one of the world’s most productive x-ray light source facilities. Each year, the APS provides high-brightness x-ray beams to a diverse community of more than 5,000 researchers in materials science, chemistry, condensed matter physics, the life and environmental sciences, and applied research. Researchers using the APS produce over 2,000 publications each year detailing impactful discoveries, and solve more vital biological protein structures than users of any other x-ray light source research facility. APS x-rays are ideally suited for explorations of materials and biological structures; elemental distribution; chemical, magnetic, electronic states; and a wide range of technologically important engineering systems from batteries to fuel injector sprays, all of which are the foundations of our nation’s economic, technological, and physical well-being.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.


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