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National Synchrotron Light Source II

NSLS-II is a state-of-the-art 3 GeV electron storage ring. The facility offers scientific and industrial researchers an array of beamlines with x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light to enable discoveries in clean and affordable energy, high-temperature superconductivity, molecular electronics, and more. Overview »


The next deadline for NSLS-II beam time proposals and beam time requests is September 30, 2018.  |   Submission Details

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Beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source II are open to academic and industrial users for scientific research. All research proposals are subjected to peer review and ranked against competing proposals based on scientific merit.

Beamline Projects

When fully built out, National Synchrotron Light Source II will accommodate approximately 60 to 70 beamlines. Thirty beamlines are currently in various stages of development and will provide significant research capacity in early operations.

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  1. AUG



    NSLS-II Seminar

    "X-ray spectroscopy of transition metal oxides"

    Presented by Frank de Groot, Utrecht University, Netherlands, Netherlands

    11 am, NSLS-II Building 744 Room 156

    Thursday, August 23, 2018, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Lisa Miller

    Some new developments in x-ray absorption (XAS) and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) will be discussed. An introduction is given of XAS, including the oxygen K edge, metal K edge and metal L edge [1,2]. The main part of the talk deals with resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) In 2p3d RIXS one scans through the 2p XAS edge and measures the low energy excitations, including phonons, magnons, dd-excitations and charge transfer. The 100 meV resolved 2p3d RIXS spectra of ruby (Cr3+ in Al2O3), Fe3O4 and LaCoO3 will be discussed [3,4]. The present experimental resolution of 30 to 100 meV allows the detailed observation of the electronic structure, including the determination of crystal field parameters, covalency parameters and spin-orbit coupling, but also the momentum dependence of magnons and other low energy excitations. Related to the RIXS measurements is the analysis of Fluorescence yield (FY) detected x-ray absorption spectra (XAS), including the intrinsic deviations of FY-XAS spectral shape from the XAS spectrum that is important for measurements with x-ray free electron lasers [5,6]. —————————————————————————— [1] Core Level Spectroscopy of Solids Frank de Groot and Akio Kotani (Taylor & Francis CRC press, 2008) [2] Download the x-ray spectroscopy simulation software at [3] Huang et al. Nature Comm. 8, 15929 (2017). [4] Tomiyasu et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 196402 (2017) [5] F.M.F. de Groot, Nature Chemistry 4, 766 (2012) [6] Mitzner et al. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 3641 (2013) ———————————————————————

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Conferences & Workshops

  1. SEP



    10th International Workshop on X-ray Radiation Damage to Biological Samples

    September 13-14, 2018

  2. SEP



    NSLS-II Pair Distribution Function School 2018

    September 17-19, 2018

  3. OCT



    NOBUGS 2018: New Opportunities for Better User Group Software

    October 22-26, 2018

  4. NOV



    Short Course: Introduction to X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    November 6-8, 2018

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