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Science Programs

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the newest, most advanced third generation synchrotron radiation facilities in the world. As a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility, NSLS-II enables its growing user community to study materials with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing world-class capabilities. NSLS-II’s beamlines and experimental stations offer unique, cutting-edge research tools, including high-throughput robot-driven sample processing, coherent x-ray scattering, unprecedented energy resolution, or hard x-ray microscopy with nanometer spatial resolution. Beamlines are organized into six scientific programs, based on the research techniques they offer.

Hard X-ray Spectroscopy

Visualizing and controlling the structure and chemistry of materials during processing and energy conversion

Complex Scattering

Uncovering and revealing the nano- to mesoscale structure and complex dynamics of heterogeneous systems under in situ conditions

Diffraction and In situ Scattering

Characterizing and modeling the growth and structure of complex and functional materials under in situ and operando conditions

Imaging and Microscopy

Imaging and quantifying the morphology, structure, chemistry, elemental variations, and strain distribution of materials

Soft X-ray Scattering & Spectroscopy

Understanding and controlling the physics of emergent phenomena and catalysis at the nanoscale

Structural Biology

Investigating and understanding biology through molecular characterization and structure