Vol. 12, No. 7 - January 2012
From SSRL Director Chi-Chang Kao:
SSRL Takes on the Frontiers of Materials Science
As we at SSRL continue to refine our five-to-ten-year strategic plan, our materials science goals are becoming increasingly clear. Advanced materials are at the heart of our technically
driven society, and recent advances in theory, computation power, materials synthesis, and characterization tools have brought the goal of "materials by design" within reach. Synchrotron light sources, with their exceptional properties, play a critical role in the materials-by-design process, providing the powerful characterization capabilities required by the materials research community.
Is it possible to combine the rapid-fire pulses of a storage ring with the
brightness of an x-ray laser? SLAC is looking for a solution.
SSRL Team Works Over Holidays to Ensure Beam to Users
Herding Electrons into Bright Bunches at SSRL
A small but dedicated team worked long days over the holidays to diagnose and fix a large vacuum leak discovered on the final work day before SLAC's winter shutdown—enabling SSRL user experiments to start as planned on January 4.
Save the Date: SSRL School on Synchrotron X-ray Scattering Techniques in Materials and Environmental Sciences, May 29-31
The 2012 SSRL SRXRS (Synchrotron Radiation-based X-ray
Scattering techniques) School will provide a practical users' guide to planning and conducting scattering measurements at SSRL beam lines, and will cover important techniques including thin-film scattering, powder diffraction, in-situ x-ray scattering, and amorphous materials. The school will address topics that are not commonly included in text books or class lectures,
and typically obtained only through on-the-experiment training. Good planning and a working knowledge of beam lines, in addition to techniques, are key to conducting successful SRXRS measurements. The school will
also cover new instrumentation at SSRL scattering beam lines. This year's school, which will take place May 29-31, is organized by:
Doug Van Campen, and
Reminder: Biological SAXS Symposium — A Tribute to Dr. Hiro Tsuruta
A symposium on biological small angle
x-ray scattering will be held at SLAC on February 9, 2012 as a tribute
to Dr. Hiro Tsuruta, who for almost 20 years led the development and
operation of SSRL's structural biology SAXS (bioSAXS) Beam Line 4-2
facility. The symposium is open to all;
registration is required
but there is no fee for attending.
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