2021 APSUO Arthur H. Compton Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Rivers and Dr. Stephen Sutton as the recipients of the 2021 APSUO Arthur H. Compton Award. The award recognizes a significant scientific or technical accomplishment at the Advanced Photon Source.

GSECARS Developed an Efficient and Affordable N95 Mask Disinfection System

Dr. Peter Eng with help from Mike Proskey and Dr. Joanne Stubbs, developed an efficient system of disinfecting N95 masks in large quantities.  This system will be invaluable for hospitals, factories, schools and offices as America re-opens during the current health crisis.

GSECARS Scientists Continue to Decode Moon's Mysteries 50 Years Later

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Argonne explores its early lunar research as it anticipates studies at the Advanced Photon Source of pristine moon rocks from the final lunar landing missions.

Tomography at 13 BMD

A. Herring, OSU, uses tomography at 13 BMD to quantify pore scale trapping and to analyze how mechanisms affect the efficiency of capillary trapping of CO2 in saline aquifers.

What Diamond Impurities Tell Us About Earth's Mantle

Pockets of water may lay deep below Earth’s surface.

GSECARS Outreach

GSECARS hosts experiments at 13 IDE for high school students in the Exemplary Student Research Program (ESRP) representing local area high schools.

X-ray Diffraction Patterns from a Diamond Anvil Cell.

X-ray diffraction is the most powerful technique for crystal structure determination. From left to right, patterns from a single crystal, polychrystalline, nano-cyrstalline and amorphous crystals.

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The Advanced Photon Source Limited Operations


Update on status and plans at GSECARS, August 25, 2020

Please note the following information:
Current APS guidance for the 2021-1 and 2021-2 runs mandates that external users will not be allowed on-site.  Based on this current policy, GSECARS is only scheduling users for 2021-1 and 2021-2 that can mail-in samples, with partial or full remote access to control selected beamline computers to perform experiments in-close collaboration with GSECARS beamline staff.

Users that wish to have remote computer access to run their experiments at GSECARS will be considered “Remote Users” and noted so on their ESAF.  “Remote Users” are still required to have all their APS safety training up to date for ESAF approval, ANL site access must be current and an approved 593 in place for foreign nationals.

Contacting beamline staff prior to your experiment is required.  This can be arranged either via email, phone, or online (Zoom or Bluejeans are preferred).

Samples should be sent to your primary beamline contact at least one week ahead of scheduled beamtime.  Please send the shipment tracking number to your host.  We recommend FedEx as the most reliable option for shipping samples.

Send samples to :
Beamline Contact
The University of Chicago
Building 434A, Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Ave.
Lemont, IL   60439

GSECARS is a national user facility for frontier research in the earth sciences using synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory.

GSECARS provides earth scientists with access to the high-brilliance hard x-rays from this third-generation synchrotron light source. All principal synchrotron-based analytical techniques in demand by earth scientists are being brought to bear on earth science problems:

  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and spectroscopy using the diamond anvil cell

  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and imaging using the large-volume press

  • Powder, single crystal and interface diffraction

  • Inelastic x-ray scattering

  • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

  • X-ray fluorescence microprobe analysis

  • Microtomography

Upcoming Events

8:00 am APS Long Term Storage Ring Maint...
APS Long Term Storage Ring Maint...
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – Jun 1 @ 8:00 am
APS Long Term Storage Ring Maintenance
9:00 am APS / CNM User Meeting Week 1
APS / CNM User Meeting Week 1
May 3 @ 9:00 am – May 7 @ 4:00 pm
APS / CNM User Meeting Week 1 May 3 – 7, 2021 Virtual Event Summary – APS/CNM 2021 Users Meeting (cvent.com) Agenda https://web.cvent.com/event/8c8ec077-2529-4c17-a9a4-f228ae2d8e98/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-b2c0-f201a0bfc6ce  
all-day 13-ID PSS Validation
13-ID PSS Validation
May 5 all-day
13-ID PSS validation, May 5, 2021, all day
9:00 am APS / CNM User Meeting Week 2
APS / CNM User Meeting Week 2
May 10 @ 9:00 am – May 14 @ 4:00 pm
APS / CNM User Meeting Week 2 May 10 – 14, 2021 Virtual Event SummaAgenda https://web.cvent.com/event/8c8ec077-2529-4c17-a9a4-f228ae2d8e98/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-b2c0-f201a0bfc6ce ry – APS/CNM 2021 Users Meeting (cvent.com)
10:00 am APS User Meeting : Matt Newville...
APS User Meeting : Matt Newville...
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am
APS User Meeting Workshop #12 : Matt Newville, Multi-modal X-ray Measurements at 13 IDE Friday, May 14th, 10:00 – 10:15am Matt Newville (Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, The University of Chicago, Argonne) Multi-modal X-ray Measurements[...]
9:00 am NSLS-II & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting
NSLS-II & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting
May 17 @ 9:00 am
NSLS-II & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting This meeting will be held as a virtual event. May 17–20, 2021 NSLS-II & CFN Joint Users’ Meeting (bnl.gov)  

Recent Publications

Ultra-Incompressible High-Entropy Diborides

Xiaoliang Zhang, Weiwei Li, Hua Tian, Junxiu Liu, Cong Li, Hongliang Dong, Jian Chen, Meng Song, Bin Chen, Hongwei Sheng, Shanmin Wang, Dongzhou Zhang, and Hengzhong Zhang, ”
Ultra-incompressible High-Entropy Diborides”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 0, 12, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c00399

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Science Highlights

Equation of State for Natural Almandine, Spessartine, Pyrope Garnet: Implications for Quartz-In-Garnet Elastic Geobarometry

Mulligan, Suzanne R.; Stavrou, Elissaios; Chariton, Stella; Tschauner, Oliver; Salamat, Ashkan; Wells, Michael L.; Smith, Alexander G.; Hoisch, Thomas D.; Prakapenka, Vitali. 2021. “Equation of State for Natural Almandine, Spessartine, Pyrope Garnet: Implications for Quartz-In-Garnet Elastic Geobarometry” Minerals 11, no. 5: 458.

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High-Pressure Synthesis of Dirac Materials: Layered van der Waals Bonded BeN4 Polymorph

Maxim Bykov, Timofey Fedotenko, Stella Chariton, Dominique Laniel, Konstantin Glazyrin, Michael Hanfland, Jesse S. Smith, Vitali B. Prakapenka, Mohammad F. Mahmood, Alexander F. Goncharov, Alena V. Ponomareva, Ferenc Tasnádi, Alexei I. Abrikosov, Talha Bin Masood, Ingrid Hotz, Alexander N. Rudenko, Mikhail I. Katsnelson, Natalia Dubrovinskaia, Leonid Dubrovinsky, and Igor A. Abrikosov, High-Pressure Synthesis of Dirac Materials: Layered van der Waals Bonded BeN4 Polymorph, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 175501, DOI = 10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.175501

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The Water-Fe-Pressure Dependent Single-Crystal Elastic Properties of Wadsleyite: Implications for the Seismic Anisotropy in the Upper Mantle Transition Zone

Wen-Yi Zhou, Zhiyuan Ren, Jin S. Zhang, Bin Chen, Ming Hao, Tomohiro Ohuchi, Lowell Miyagi, Dongzhou Zhang, Esen E. Alp, Barbara Lavina, Brandon Schmandt, The Water-Fe-Pressure dependent single-crystal elastic properties of wadsleyite: Implications for the seismic anisotropy in the upper Mantle Transition Zone, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 565, 2021,116955

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Latest Happenings at GSECARS

HP Interest Group

HP Interest Group

Dr Stella Chariton, GSECARS, to host high pressure interest group: “Solving crystal structures from complex multigrain, multi-phase samples at extreme conditions”. Monday, Jan 25th, 2-3pm (CST)

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