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High-Pressure Collaborative Access Team Joins XSD

Argonne National Laboratory will be taking over the operations management role for the High-Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HP-CAT), at Sector 16 of the APS currently filled by the Carnegie Institution for Science, effective later this month. The sponsor will continue to be the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The X-ray Science Division (XSD) of Argonne’s Photon Sciences Directorate will now be the managing entity. As a practical matter, that means that HP-CAT staff are being transitioned into XSD. As is standard practice for a transition of this nature, the position of group leader for the XSD group that HP-CAT will become is being openly competed. In addition, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a principal stakeholder in the HP-CAT team, is in the process of hiring the director for HP-CAT. The director will provide strategic leadership for the sector and work closely with the XSD group leader.

This change does not alter the focus of HP-CAT, which has been advancing compression science in multidisciplinary fields at the APS. Since that time, the scientific contributions of HPCAT have been widespread, as illustrated by the more than 1000 journal articles published to-date based on work at the sector, that have expanded our understanding of our physical world. HPCAT has also been and will continue to be a source of technical innovation in high pressure and beamline science, to the great benefit of the scientific community.

Please join us in welcoming the HP-CAT staff to Argonne and XSD.

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