User Facilities

X-Ray Light Sources

This activity supports the operation of five DOE light sources. The unique properties of synchrotron radiation include its continuous spectrum, high flux and brightness, and in the case of the Linac Coherent Light Source, a free electron laser, with its ultra-bright, ultrafast (femtosecond scale), high coherence pulses, which makes it an indispensable tool in the exploration of matter. The wavelengths of the emitted photons span a range of dimensions from the atom to biological cells, thereby providing incisive probes for advanced research in a wide range of areas, including materials science, physical and chemical sciences, metrology, geosciences, environmental sciences, biosciences, medical sciences, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Researchers use a variety of experimental techniques when applying synchrotron radiation to their own problems. The fundamental parameters that we use to perceive the physical world (energy, momentum, position, and time) correspond to three broad categories of synchrotron experimental measurement techniques: spectroscopy, scattering, and imaging. By exploiting the short pulse lengths of synchrotron radiation, each technique can also be performed in a timing fashion. Descriptions of 12 experimental techniques.pdf file (1.3MB) conducted at these facilities. Read More ».pdf file (31KB)

For more information about this research area, please contact Dr. Peter L. Lee or Dr. James Rhyne.

Advanced Light Source (ALS)

at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The ALS is one of the world's brightest sources of high-quality, reliable vacuum-ultraviolet light and soft X-rays, enabling a wide variety of scientific disciplines.

Advanced Photon Source (APS)

at Argonne National Laboratory

The APS is one of only four third-generation, hard x-ray synchrotron radiation light sources in the world, which has brought about new discoveries in a wide range of scientific fields.

Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)

at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The LCLS is the world’s first hard x-ray free electron laser facility capable of producing x-rays that are both very intense and clumped into ultrafast pulses.

National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)

at Brookhaven National Laboratory

The NSLS-II is a state-of-the-art synchrotron light source which allows for scientists to probe the fundamental properties of matter, paving the way to new scientific discoveries and innovations.

Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL)

at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The SSRL produces intense x-rays as a resource for researchers to study our world at the atomic and molecular level, allowing for research and advances in energy production, environmental remediation, nanotechnology, new materials and medicine.

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