The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

The APS and the 2012 Argonne Energy Showcase

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) was a popular tour stop for the 2012 Argonne Energy Showcase that took place on Saturday, September 15. More than 12,500 members of the public came to Argonne for an informative day highlighting energy-related research. A team of 134 APS personnel guided visitors through the facility, answered a seemingly endless stream of questions about APS science and engineering, and delighted visitors (especially the kids) with 30 exhibits and demonstrations including three-dimensional tomography of new materials for lighter cars and airplanes, a nanometer-scale look into green energy materials using hard x-ray fluorescence microscopy, a “virtual linac,” a miniature beamline, robotics, rapid computer-aided design prototyping of APS beamline components, and acoustic levitation. (A video of Argonnes Chris Benmore demonstrating the magic of acoustic levitation has gone viral and is available at A Flickr set of photos from the APS Energy Showcase can be seen here:

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