Author Archives : Corie Ralston

Beautiful Berkeley Lab

On April 21, 2016, Posted by , In Social, With Comments Off on Beautiful Berkeley Lab

An aerial view. Not related to the beamlines, really. Just noting how beautiful Berkeley Lab is.

Aerials of Berkeley Lab - March 2016.

Pilatus on 5.0.2 has two new modules

On March 23, 2016, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Pilatus on 5.0.2 has two new modules

Dectris was here at the ALS during the recent 2-bunch mode, and re-installed two of the modules on the Pilatus detector on beamline 5.0.2. Users may not have noticed, but the detector was previously missing panels on the far edges. These are now in good working order, and several test…

Berkeley’s Mini-Cyclotron

On January 7, 2016, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Berkeley’s Mini-Cyclotron

It turns out there is a small cyclotron at LBNL! It is used to produce medical isotopes used for PET scans. Some of the BCSB staff were lucky enough to be invited on a tour of the cyclotron, which is in building 56, not too far away from our more…

Where to put that Pilatus?

On December 19, 2015, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Where to put that Pilatus?

Tour of the ALS ring

On November 17, 2015, Posted by , In Operations,Social, With Comments Off on Tour of the ALS ring

After our last PRT meeting on Nov 4, Steve Rossi took a group on a tour inside the ALS ring to point out the future site of the Gemini insertion device. This month and next are a great time to visit the ALS, since the ring tunnel is open and available for touring.

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The Pilatus 6M detector has arrived!

On September 23, 2015, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on The Pilatus 6M detector has arrived!

Here it is at beamline 5.0.2, unpacked from the wooden crate, but not unpacked from its case yet. Install and commissioning in the beamline will begin in just a few weeks!

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Scientific Advisory Board First Meeting Sept 18 2015

On September 22, 2015, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Scientific Advisory Board First Meeting Sept 18 2015

We are very fortunate to have an outstanding Scientific Advisory Board for the new beamline (“Gemini”) we are building in sector 2 at the ALS. The board members are: Bob Fischetti (APS), Dan Harrington (SSRL), Gwyndaf Evans (Diamond Light Source) and Dan Harrington (SSRL). All of the committee members have…

BCSB Represented at the ACA in Philly

On July 22, 2015, Posted by , In Operations,Social, With Comments Off on BCSB Represented at the ACA in Philly

The BCSB had a good showing at the ACA in Philadelphia this year. Dr. Banu Sankaran ran a session on service crystallography, and the BCSB teamed up with other ALS scientists to run a booth at the conference.
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The User Forum continues…

On April 9, 2015, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on The User Forum continues…

Our second User Forum was on March 4, in which we discussed the purchase of a pixel-array detector for beamline 5.0.2. The exciting news since then is that we will be able to purchase a Pilatus 6M for the beamline. Expected delivery is in September of this year.

The third User Forum was on April 2, in which we discussed the diode-beamstop device which the BCSB is developing (allows measurement of flux during data collection), as well as the MiniKappa interlocks on beamline 5.0.2, which will now allow a full 360 rotation of omega (sometimes called Phi) with a maximum kappa angle of 55 degrees.

First User Forum Feb 5

On February 13, 2015, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on First User Forum Feb 5

The BCSB had its first User Forum meeting on Feb 5. We discussed the possibilities for the new b3 software interface, showed some screenshots of new the new interface, and gathered information from our users on what they wanted in the “new b3”. It was a very productive discussion! The…