A2 Endstation News

Updated July 28, 2015

This week at A2: Summer down

X-rays will return in October 2015

The A2 undulator upgrade during the fall of 2014 was an unqualified success. More information is available here and here. First experiments by external users began in November, and the beamline is now fully operational and available in the CHESS user program. Feel free to submit your proposals for this new, brighter source!


Updated July 28, 2015

The next x-ray run is scheduled for Oct. 7 - Dec. 8, 2015.

The deadline for beamtime applications was July 14, 2015. Please submit any outstanding requets for rapid access beamtime ASAP, since demand for the fall run is high.

CHESS continues to accommodate displaced NSLS users, in order to help alleviate the strain of the dark period at BNL.

What I'm Reading

Updated Feb. 27, 2014

Photon Polarization Precession Spectroscopy?! http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.4795v1

Some folks from the ESRF & SLS teach us how to stunt with a 6M detector.

Taking the black magic out of PDF analysis:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.4284

More spin-orbit Mott insulators:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.5424

New angle on Compton scattering:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.3088

Excited-state crystallography:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.5915 and also this

About Me

I am a Canadian physicist, born and raised in central Ontario and currently living with my wife and children in Dryden, NY, USA. I studied physics at Waterloo (BSc) and McMaster (PhD), before moving to the US in 2010 to work at Argonne National Laboratory in the Chicago suburbs. I left Argonne in the fall of 2012 to join the staff at CHESS, a synchrotron source buried 5½ stories underneath the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. My current research involves using synchrotron x-rays to study correlations, excitations and transitions in condensed matter. I also support the versatile A2 beamline at CHESS, and I encourage potential users to contact me about experiments.