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APS User News-at-a-Glance Issue 44: August 20, 2007

Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory

www.aps.anl.gov
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CONTENTS

MESSAGE FROM MURRAY--Funding for Intermediate Energy X-ray Scattering Beamline

SCIENCE NEWS
1. Research Highlights
2. Progress Made on Short-Pulse Operation

USER MATTERS
3. Postdoctoral Opportunities at APS
4. Argonne Postdoc "Alumni": Where Are You Now?

FACILITY NEWS
5. Scientists Wanted: XOR Is Hiring...Apply by August 27
6. University of Chicago Review of APS Science

PEOPLE NEWS
-- Welcome to Alesia Gant

BRIEFLY NOTED
-- SSRL/LCLS users' conference to be held October 1-2
-- Open meeting on ESRF upgrade

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MESSAGE FROM MURRAY--Funding for Intermediate Energy X-ray Scattering Beamline

We are glad to announce that the National Science Foundation has approved the funding of a new insertion device beamline at the APS for intermediate energy x-ray scattering (IEX). The Department of Energy is supporting the additional funds needed to implement this exciting new capability. The beamline proposal was led by Juan-Carlos Campuzano (Argonne National Laboratory and University of Illinois at Chicago), Peter Abbamonte (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and James Allen (University of Michigan). The new beamline will have a special APPLE-type undulator that will provide the most brilliant source of circularly polarized x-rays in the range of 0.5-2.5 keV. The primary techniques offered will be high-energy photoemission and soft x-ray resonant scattering. These tools are ideally suited for the study of electronic structure in complex materials. The beamline will be built by a Collaborative Development Team and operated by XOR. (The inelastic x-ray scattering beamline at sector 30, which recently became operational, was built under a similar arrangement.) The IEX beamline will occupy one of the last four open sectors at APS, and several other strong proposals for the remaining three sectors are being prepared within the user community.

SCIENCE NEWS

1. Research Highlights

Recent highlights at http://www.aps.anl.gov/Science/Highlights/ describe the discovery of

See the highlights page for other recent discoveries concerning the deformation of post-perovskites, the density of states of tin at high pressure, and the crystal structure of ferrihydrite.

2. Progress Made on Short-Pulse Operation

At the July 25, 2007, APS/User Operations Monthly Meeting, Ali Nassiri of the Accelerator Systems Division outlined progress to date on developing the capability to produce picosecond x-ray pulses at the APS. Please see his presentation at the link below for details.

Presentation: http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Meetings/Monthly_Meetings/2007/Presentations/20070725_nassiri.pdf

USER MATTERS

3. Postdoctoral Opportunities at APS

Attention outstanding graduate students and recent PhDs: the X-Ray Science Division (XSD) of the Advanced Photon Source has postdoc openings. XSD consists of several groups of researchers who conduct their studies using Advanced Photon Source beamlines and other techniques; a new web page (URL below) lists XSD projects for which assistance is currently sought. Mark Beno, XSD Deputy Division Director, says, "these descriptions allow persons seeking post-docs to see research projects proposed by XSD staff." Argonne National Laboratory offers three options for new x-ray scientists interested in working on these projects: the Named Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Director's Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Division Postdoctoral Appointments.

For more information on the postdoctoral programs at Argonne National Laboratory and opportunities within the X-Ray Science Division, please visit the following websites.

XSD programs, with links to currently advertised divisional postdocs:
http://www.aps.anl.gov/Xray_Science_Division/Users/postdoc.php

Argonne postdoctoral fellowship programs and application procedures:
Web: http://www.dep.anl.gov/postdocs; Contact: Giselle Sandi, gsandi@anl.gov

4. Argonne Postdoc "Alumni": Where Are You Now?

Continuing the postdoc theme. as part of a mentoring program, the Argonne Postdoctoral Office is seeking updates for an Argonne Postdoctoral Alumni web page. Those who have held a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne and wish to participate in this project are asked to send the following information to Giselle Sandi at gsandi@anl.gov: name, current photo, past Argonne affiliation, current affiliation and new contact information, a research highlight at Argonne and a short paragraph summarizing new endeavors.

Examples: http://www.dep.anl.gov/postdocs/alumni/

FACILITY NEWS

5. Scientists Wanted: XOR Is Hiring...Apply by August 27

The X-ray Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory invites applications for staff positions within X-ray Operations and Research (XOR). Candidates are sought in all experimental x-ray areas, with particular emphasis on inelastic x-ray scattering, magnetism, small-angle x-ray scattering, surface scattering, and x-ray imaging. Both entry-level and senior appointments are available. Applications should be submitted through the link below by August 27, 2007.

Specific current postings: http://www.aps.anl.gov/Xray_Science_Division/About/; select "Job Postings" link in the sidebar.

6. University of Chicago Review of APS Science

An intensive series of reviews of APS science and operations will culminate September 17, 18, and 19 with a review by the University of Chicago of all science at the APS. There will be 9 science presentations and 24 posters, all of which will be invited, which will be chosen to represent all science at the APS, both at APS and CAT-operated beamlines and by both staff and users. In addition, the review will cover strategic scientific areas at the APS and future directions looking toward the APS Upgrade. This review is the third in a series; the first, in May, examined the Accelerator Systems Division and APS Engineering Support Division, and the second, in August 27 and 28, will focus on safety. The results of the May reviews were discussed in the July 25, 2007, APS/Users Operations Meeting (URL below). The last review of this type took place in 2003.

Review reports: http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Meetings/Monthly_Meetings/2007/monthly_meeting_20070725.htm

PEOPLE NEWS

--Welcome to Alesia Gant

The User Office is pleased to welcome Alesia Gant as a Senior Secretary. Alesia is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago in marketing with concentration in international business. She will support the User Office part-time, assisting with registration and training, as she continues her studies.

BRIEFLY NOTED

--SSRL/LCLS users' conference to be held October 1-2
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and Linac Coherent Light Source will hold a joint users' conference October 1 and 2; it will be preceded by special meetings September 28, 29, and 30 and followed by concurrent workshops October 3. For the program, please see http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/ssrl-lcls/2007/.

--Open meeting on ESRF upgrade
The ESRF has asked us to tell APS users about a meeting to be held at ESRF October 24, 2007, regarding its recently launched renewal and upgrade program. For more information and registration, see the upgrade web site at http://www.esrf.fr/events/conferences/UpgradeMeeting/UpgradeMeetingAnnoucement (use spelling as shown).