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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 January 31, 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.

Full Calendar


  1. NOV



    NSLS-II Colloquium Series

    "Imaging dynamics of radiation-sensitive molecules."

    Presented by John Spence, Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Hosted by: 'John Hill'

    The possibility of out-running radiation damage by the "diffract-and-destroy method, using femtosecond pulses of either electrons or hard X-rays, opens completely new vistas for imaging molecular dynamics at atom resolution and sub-picosecond speeds (1). First, I'll compare high-energy electron beams for this purpose, and compare them in regard to damage mechanisms and time-scales with XFEL radiation. I'll suggest a fast mode of image formation which provides high resolution despite the use of the large incoherent photocathode. I'll then review our work using the hard X-ray pulsed laser at SLAC within our BioXFEL 6-campus NSF consortium (, aimed at the application of X-ray lasers (XFELs) to Structural Biology. I'll show molecular movies from light-sensitive proteins with 150 fs time resolution and near-atomic spatial , using both crystals and solution scattering obtained from the LCLS XFEL at SLAC, and very recent single-particle virus images (one virus per shot) showing dynamics. I'll discuss work in my lab on methods for hydrated sample delivery for an XFEL, and the compact IC XFEL under construction on the ASU campus, which uses a laser as an undulator. Finally, I'll review a recent proposal for the use of intensity interferometry to analyze the angular dependence of inner-shell X-ray fluorescence from a molecule. See Google Scholar for references and the many collaborators whom I thank. 1. J.Spence. XFELS for structure and dynamics in biology. IUCrJ 4, 322 (2017).

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Conferences & Workshops

  1. OCT



    Synchrotron Environmental Science Symposium 7: Illuminating the Links Between Environmental Science and Human Health

    October 30 - November 1, 2017

  2. NOV



    Data Analysis and Modeling of XANES and EXAFS Spectra: Applications to Nanomaterials

    November 1-3, 2017

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Visiting NSLS-II

If you are a contractor or vendor coming to NSLS-II for the day, please work with your host to gain access to the Lab site. If you will be on site for more than one day, please contact the Guest, User, and Visitor Center for access and training requirements. See maps and directions for getting here.