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First NSLS-II Beamlines Begin to Take Shape

Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering beamline

Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering beamline (CSX-1).

BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II will be a state-of-the-art medium-energy electron storage ring (3 billion electron-volts) designed to deliver world-leading intensity and brightness, and will produce x-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than the Lab’s current light source. The NSLS-II is nearly 90 percent complete and components of the initial set of beamlines are beginning to fill the storage ring floor. 

Initially, six beamlines were selected and will be funded within the NSLS-II project. The first beamlines to be completed will allow researchers to measure electronic textures in strongly correlated materials such as high-temperature superconductors and to discern structures at ever-smaller spatial scales, with the possibility of reaching even smaller than a billionth of a meter to probe nanocrystals, catalytic materials, and energy-storage materials.

These beamlines are scheduled to begin commissioning – preparation for running experiments – as early as July 2014, with first experiments to follow later that year and in 2015. Ultimately, the facility will accommodate more than 60 beamlines that will continue to be developed, as funding becomes available, after the NSLS-II begins to operate. 

Learn more about the NSLS-II.

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