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

DCS and APS Sign MOU

In the most recent addition to the family of APS beamlines, the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) has formalized its ties with the APS in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on September 6. The DCS, which will reside on Sector 35, brings an exciting new research capability to our user program. As noted in the report from the DCS User Workshop held here in January 2012, “…in situ, time-resolved measurements at microscopic length scales constitute the overarching science need for achieving a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms governing time-dependent condensed matter phenomena (structural transformations, inelastic deformation and fracture, and chemical reactions) under dynamic loading.” The DCS is funded by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and is managed as a partnership between Washington State University (WSU) and the APS. Signing the MOU were Yogendra Gupta, Director of the Institute for Shock Physics at WSU; Daryll DeWald, Dean of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences; Argonne Director Eric Isaacs; and APS Director Brian Stephenson. Among the distinguished guests attending the ceremony were Chris Deeney, NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Stewardship; and Keith LeChien, NNSA Federal Program Manager in the Defense Science Division.

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