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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, 2019.  |   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.

NSLS-II Beamlines

NSLS-II’s beamlines and experimental stations offer unique, cutting-edge research tools for a wide variety of scientific areas. All beamlines are organized into six science programs, based on the research capabilities and expertise they offer.

Beamlines are organized into six scientific programs, based on the research techniques they offer.

Hard X-ray Spectroscopy

Complex Scattering

Diffraction & In-Situ Scattering

Imaging and Microscopy

Soft X-ray Scattering & Spectroscopy

Structural Biology

Full Calendar


  1. AUG



    NSLS-II Friday Lunchtime Seminar

    "Coherent X-ray Scattering Studies of Surface Processes: Self-Organized Ion Beam Nanopatterning"

    Presented by Karl Ludwig, Boston University, MA

    12 pm, NSLS-II Bldg. 743 Room 156

    Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:00 pm

    Hosted by: Ignace Jarrige

    Karl Ludwig*, Mahsa Mokhtarzadeh*, Jeffrey Ulbrandt#, Peco Myint*, Suresh Narayanan+, and Randall Headrick# *Boston University / #University of Vermont +Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory Enabled by the continued increases in brilliance available from synchrotron x-ray sources, our goal is to develop coherent x-ray scattering as a powerful new tool for the investigation of surface dynamics during growth and patterning processes. In particular, our research has been developed new approaches in X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS), using it to examine the dynamics of kinetic roughening in amorphous thin film growth, the step structure evolution in polycrystalline epitaxial growth and self-organized ion beam nanopatterning. Broad-beam low-energy ion bombardment can lead to the spontaneous formation of nanoscale surface structures, but the dominant mechanisms driving evolution remain controversial. Here I will describe our studies of the classic case of ion-beam rippling of SiO2 surfaces, in which we examine the relationship between the average kinetics of ripple formation and the underlying ?uctuation dynamics. In the early stage growth of ?uctuations we find a novel behavior with memory stretching back to the beginning of the bombardment. For a given length scale, correlation times do not grow signi?cantly beyond the characteristic time associated with the early-stage ripple growth. In the late stages of patterning, when the average surface structure on a given length scale is no longer evolving, dynamical processes continue on the surface. Nonlinear processes dominate at long length scales, leading to compressed exponential decay of the speckle correlation functions, while at short length scales the dynamics appears to approach a linear behavior consistent with viscous ?ow relaxation. This behavior is found to be consistent with simulations of a recent nonlinear growth model. In addition

  2. SEP



    NSLS-II Colloquium

    "Theoretical Understanding of Photon Spectroscopies in Correlated Materials In and Out of Equilibrium"

    Presented by Thomas Devereaux, SLAC

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4:00 pm

    Hosted by: John Hill


  3. SEP



    NSLS-II Friday Lunchtime Seminar

    "Quantum Computing on crystalline beams of ions: the concept and proof-of-principle experiments"

    Presented by Timur Shaftan, NSLS-II

    12 pm, NSLS-II Bldg. 743 Room 156

    Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

    Hosted by: Ignace Jarrige

    One of the promising directions in Quantum Computers (QC) is based on using ion traps. In a modern QC, several tens of ions are collected in an electromagnetic trap of a cm in size, with their motion cooled down to micro K temperature level, leading to entanglement of their quantum states, controlled by laser and RF fields. These ions = qubits then used to run quantum computations at unprecedent rate using specialized codes (check, for example, QuTip, Quantum Toolbox in Python). I will discuss a concept of a QC, which holds a promise to support 105 of qubits in contrast to the state-of-the-art devices. The idea is to use crystalline beams of ions in an accelerator as the medium for qubits. The crystalline beams were demonstrated in storage rings in 1980s when many protons, being cooled with electron beam formed a revolving ring with crystalline-like structure inside. Marrying this concept with that of the QC on a conventional ion trap, one might consider expansion of the QC to a large particle accelerator with high qubit capacity. The latter is important for expansion of QC capabilities, including the processing power and robustness against errors due to decoherence. In this presentation I will go over the concept and my analysis of a few challenges that require proof-of-principal experiments so that the some basic aspects of this interesting concept are validated.

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Conferences & Workshops

  1. OCT



    Exploring New Science Frontiers at NSLS-II

    October 21-23, 2019

  2. NOV



    Short Course on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure: Theory, Data Analysis and Modeling (XAFS 2019)

    November 13-15, 2019

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