Today at Berkeley Lab

A 2D Lattice of Molecular Qubits for Quantum Computing

Quantum computers promise to solve intractable problems in topics from cryptography to artificial intelligence. To build these machines, we need to incorporate qubits (quantum bits of information) into a scalable, robust, solid-state architecture. With help from the Advanced Light Source, researchers developed a way to control the orientation and position of qubits in a two-dimensional molecular lattice. More>

New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. More>

Lab Connections to 2018 Nobel Prize Winners

The scientific background report accompanying the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics — won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland — discussed R&D led by Wim Leemans at the Lab’s BELLA Center on laser-driven plasma accelerators. Also, Frances Arnold of Caltech, one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, has connections to the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, JBEI, and the Biosciences Area. More>

ALS’s Ashley White to Receive MRS Woody White Service Award

Ashley White, Advanced Light Source director of communications, was selected to receive the Materials Research Society’s 2018 Woody White Service Award. The award honors “outstanding individuals who have embodied MRS’s mission, vision, and values for an egalitarian interdisciplinary community advancing materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.”

ALS Exhibitor Sessions Open to Staff

As part of the ALS User Meeting, 32 exhibitors will be showcasing their products. Staff are invited to meet with the exhibitors on the ALS patio outside Building 6, particularly on Tuesday from 10-11:30am and 2-3pm. The list of exhibitors is available here.

Scenes From ‘A New Light for Berkeley Lab’ Celebration

The Building 50 Auditorium was filled to capacity on Sept. 28 as employees gathered for talks and presentations celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Advanced Light Source and ALS-U, a major upgrade project that recently received CD-1 approval from the Department of Energy. The festivities continued with a reception at the cafeteria, which featured a cake decorated with an image of the ALS’s spectacular bay view. Go here to view a slideshow of the event.

Attend Today’s ‘A New Light for Berkeley Lab’ Celebration

Join Lab Director Mike Witherell and other employees for a special program today celebrating the Advanced Light Source’s first 25 years and the latest progress – including a recent DOE milestone – toward ALS-U, a major upgrade project. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, followed by a reception at the cafeteria. The cafeteria closes at 1:30 p.m. today to prep for the reception. The program will be streamed live.

New Manganese Materials Bolster Cathode Capacity

The most expensive component of a battery, the cathode, requires rare transition metals such as cobalt. But previous attempts to replace cobalt with inexpensive and nontoxic manganese delivered insufficient performance. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Advanced Light Source, researchers have now optimized the composition of high-energy-density, high-capacity manganese-based cathodes. More>

RSVP Now to Attend Lab-Wide ‘A New Light’ Event on Sept. 28

All Berkeley Lab staff and affiliates are encouraged to RSVP today to attend a special event, “A New Light for Berkeley Lab: The Next 25 Years at the Advanced Light Source,” at 2 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 28, in the Building 50 Auditorium; seating is limited. View the agenda and RSVP link here. The event will also be livestreamed.

APS to Announce Zahid Hussain as Winner of Keithley Award

Advanced Light Source retiree Zahid Hussain has been notified he’ll receive the 2019 Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science from the American Physical Society. He has been recognized for his “development of soft X-ray instrumentation leading to significant measurement improvements of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering.”