Small-angle X-ray Scattering from Magnetic Clusters and Structural
Grains in Magnetic Recording Media
– Contacts: Olav Hellwig (HGST) and Hermann Dürr (SIMES)
Magnetic data storage devices are ubiquitous in our modern, data-rich
world. Computer hard disks, magnetic recording tape, and magnetic strips
on credit cards use such devices, creating pressure to engineer ever greater
data density on smaller surfaces. Read more...
Citation: V. Mehta et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 19 May
More SSRL-related Science
What Happens When You Zap Coral with Synchrotron
Excerpted from July 7, 2015 KQED Science Post by Jason Jaacks
Have you ever wondered what the weather was like the day Hamlet premiered?
Or what about the week that Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola and his crew
became the first Europeans to lay eyes on San Francisco Bay?
Neil Tangri is developing a new way to look for clues about ancient weather.
He and his colleague Apurva Mehta at SSRL, are using synchrotron radiation to
look deep inside coral skeletons. Read more...
SSRL Users' Organization Update
Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the SSRL/LCLS Users’
Meeting and Workshops October 7-10, 2015 as well as the combined SSRL and LCLS
Users' Organization discussion with facility management scheduled to take
place on Thursday, October 8.
We thank the SSRL Users' Executive Committee (UEC) members who will soon
complete their terms and rotate off the committee in October – Jordi
Cabana, Paul Evans, Sarah Hayes and Jessica Vey – it has been a pleasure
working with you as members of the SSRL Users' Executive Committee!
Please take a few minutes to consider throwing your hat into the ring or
nominating candidates interested in standing for election to the SSRL Users' Executive Committee to fill vacancies in
the following areas:
Send your nominations via email to Cathy Knotts or submit using the online nomination form by September 30. A ballot will
be compiled and voting will take place the week of October 6 during the
The SSRL UEC welcomes your comments, feedback and suggestions. We look
forward to seeing you at the Annual Users' Meeting.
Upcoming Workshops and Conferences
– ALS Users' Meeting, October 5-7, 2015 – Berkeley,
– Joint SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference,
October 7-10, 2015
The website is now live for our joint SSRL/LCLS Annual
Users' Conference and registration is open. To get started, click on
"Create an Account" .
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Parallel Workshops
Applications of Ptychography
Beyond SASE at the LCLS & LCLS-II
Characterization of Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics Using
Coupled Cycling of Biogeochemical Critical Elements and
Hybrid Methods for Integrative Structural Biology
LCLS Data Collection, Diagnostics, Analysis,
Time Resolved Studies with Femtosecond X-ray Pulses:
Towards Molecular Movies of Molecules at Work
Friday, October 9, 2015 – Parallel Workshops
Advances in High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy
Attosecond FELs: Capturing the Dynamics of Electrons in
the Time Domain
New Discoveries in Biology with XFELS
Probing Structure and Dynamics of Quantum Materials via X-ray
Scattering at LCLS
Science Opportunities at SLAC in the Tender X-ray Range (2-5
Scientific Opportunities with PS-Pulses at SSRL
Single Particle Imaging Initiative: Year One
Please encourage colleagues, particularly students, to present a poster to
share their latest research results (registration fees will be waived for
students presenting posters at the Users' Conference). Visit the conference website for the latest program details.
Reserve accommodations at the Stanford Guest House before August 17. Contact
the Guest House which is located on-site at SLAC National Accelerator
Laboratory at (650) 926-2800 or book online (use group block "USERS1015").
– Symposium 'Celebrating Artie Bienenstock',
October 10, 2015
Please join us on Saturday, October 10, for a special symposium to honor Arthur Bienenstock. This
symposium is scheduled immediately following the SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference and Workshops;
separate registration is required.
SSRL Annual Award Nomination Deadlines
August 10: William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator
This award honors the professional and personal contributions that
William E. and Diane M. Spicer made to our community. The Spicer Young
Investigator Award will be presented at the Annual
Users' Meeting to a new investigator who has made important technical
or scientific contributions that benefit from or are beneficial to SSRL or to
the lightsource community overall. The $1,000 award is open to senior graduate
students and those within seven years of entry into their professional
scientific field at the time of nomination. SSRL users and staff are eligible
for this award (joint or group awards are not encouraged). Nomination packages
should summarize the technical or scientific contributions of the candidate,
including the candidate's curriculum vitae, publications, and a
letter of nomination (supporting letters are also encouraged).
August 16: Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award
The $1,000 award honoring Melvin P. Klein's many contributions is
intended to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by new investigators
and to promote dissemination of research results based on work performed at
SSRL. Nominations for undergraduate or graduate students, or postdoctoral
fellows within three years of receiving their Ph.D., can be submitted. The
nomination package should include a letter of recommendation from the advisor
as well as an abstract written by the candidate describing the SSRL related
experiments and scientific results. Candidates are encouraged to include their
curriculum vitae and information on their plans to present their work
at a scientific conference.
August 17: Farrel W. Lytle Award
The Farrel W. Lytle Award was established to promote important technical or
scientific accomplishments in synchrotron radiation-based science and to foster
collaboration and efficient use of beam time among users and staff at SSRL. The
Lytle Award consists of a certificate and $1,000. SSRL users and staff are
eligible to be nominated for the Lytle Award, but only nominations for
individuals will be considered (no group awards please). Letters of nominations
should include a summary of the individual's contributions and why they
should be recognized through this award. Supporting letters are welcome.
These awards will be presented at the Users' Conference. The awardees of
the Spicer and Klein awards will be asked to give a presentation on his/her
research during the Users' Conference.
Nomination packages for all three awards should be sent by email to the
attention of Cathy Knotts.
Input Sought on LCLS Facilities Plan
LCLS managers are seeking input from across the lab and the external user
community on potential facility developments in preparation for LCLS-II. The
87-page "LCLS Strategic Facility Development Plan" proposes
technical specifications, instrumentation and layouts for LCLS experimental
stations that are intended to put to use the unique capabilities of LCLS-II.
Your input will help inform the prioritization process, which will be scaled
according to the available funding.
User Research Administration
The current FY2015 operations run ends on Monday, August 10. Plan
ahead for our next experimental run by reviewing the 2015-16 SPEAR3 Operating Schedule and upcoming deadlines for new proposals and beam time request
September 1 is the deadline for submitting new X-ray/VUV
proposals for beam time eligibility starting February 2016.
Fall Beam Time Request Deadlines
August 22 is the next X-ray/VUV Beam Time Request
September 17 is the next deadline for Macromolecular
Crystallography Beam Time Requests.
Submit proposals and beam time requests through the user
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) is a third-generation
light source producing extremely bright x-rays for basic and applied
research. SSRL attracts and supports scientists from around the world who
use its state-of-the-art capabilities to make discoveries that benefit society.
SSRL, a U.S. DOE Office of Science national user facility, is a Directorate of
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University for the
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The SSRL Structural
Molecular Biology Program is supported by the DOE Office of Biological and
Environmental Research, and by the National Institutes of Health, National
Institute of General Medical Sciences. For more information about SSRL science,
operations and schedules, visit http://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu.
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