Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Nanoscience at the Advanced Light Source
- Author(s): Smith, Neville V.
- et al.
The properties of matter at nanoscale dimensions can be dramatically different from the bulk or the constituent molecules. The Advanced Light Source is a "third-generation" synchrotron light source with long straight sections designed to accommodate special magnetic devices called undulators that generate an extremely intense beam confined to a narrow cone in the forward direction. These features make the ALS an ideal choice for research on both physical and biological systems with characteristic length scales measured in nanometers. The Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab, one of five national Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), enjoys close proximity to the ALS. There will be a coordinated proposal-submission mechanism, so that users wishing access to more than one facility need submit only a single proposal.