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The Diode Beamstop is a finalist for the R&D100 Award

On August 1, 2016, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on The Diode Beamstop is a finalist for the R&D100 Award

The compact dynamic beamstop (formerly known as the diode beamstop) has been announced as a finalist for this years R&D100 award! Simon Morton and Diane Bryant are invited to the Awards Banquet in Washington DC later this year.
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BCSB teams up with other ALS scientists at the ACA

On July 25, 2016, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on BCSB teams up with other ALS scientists at the ACA

Several BCSB staff teamed up with other ALS beamline scientists to represent the ALS at this year’s American Crystallographic Association meeting in Denver. In the picture are from left to right: Christine Beavers, Simon Morton, Diane Bryant, Stacey Ortega, Jay Nix, Corie Ralston:

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Tour for Novartis

On April 21, 2016, Posted by , In Social, With Comments Off on Tour for Novartis

The BCSB was happy to give a tour of the beamlines to a large crew from the Emeryville Novartis group (and some of their friends and family). Here is the tour group:Novartis_tour_04_2016

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…