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    SRC Decommissioning and Equipment Removal



    Disposition of remaining SRC Equipment

    Disposition of all equipment at SRC is now being handled by the University's Surplus With a Purpose program. Information can be found on the SWAP website.


    March 10, 2014

    Dear SRC Users:

    With the final beam in Aladdin having been run Friday, March 7, 2014, our focus now shifts to the safe, orderly, and responsible decommissioning of SRC. As part of this, all Users are required to remove all their equipment and materials by June 30, 2014. Any User equipment or materials remaining after June 30, 2014 will be disposed without notice. The large scale of this undertaking dictates a number of policies and procedures which are being implemented.

    For safety and security reasons, access to SRC will be limited to between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM weekdays. It is necessary to arrange ahead of time when you will be here, as there is limited physical access to the vault. Please contact Greg Rogers (, or Rick Keil ( if Greg isn’t available, to arrange a time. You are encouraged to schedule your move as soon as possible, to avoid conflicts. Note that the SRC exterior locks will be re-keyed the week of March 10-14 so your front door key (AACB5) may no longer work. We will not be issuing new keys to Users as SRC staff will provide access during the above hours.

    When working with or moving equipment on-site, a two person rule is in effect at all times. Due to the limited availability of SRC staff, do not rely on having a SRC staff member function as the second person. Similarly, SRC staff will in general not be available to provide other assistance. You should be sure to bring enough people to handle your packing and loading needs. However, remember that only certified personnel are authorized to operate the SRC cranes.

    You will need to provide your own transportation and packing supplies, such as blankets and straps. SRC staff will not be responsible for loading and securing materials and equipment for transport. UW policy will not allow us to release any hazardous materials to Users regardless of who owns them. The UW will safely dispose of all hazardous materials at no cost to you. If you have any questions or concerns about hazardous material identification or need assistance with movement of hazardous materials, please contact the Environment, Health & Safety Office, Troy Vannieuwenhoven, Waste Management Supervisor at or (608) 262-1072, (608) 279-0869. 

    There will be a check-out process for all materials and equipment to be removed from the SRC Ednor Rowe building and SRC storage sheds. That process will include photographs taken by SRC staff and completion of a “Certificate of Material Ownership, Assumption of Risk, and Release” form. That form must be signed by an official representative of your institution and a UW staff member prior to removing the equipment and materials.

    I appreciate your cooperation with these rules as that will help provide a safe and smooth decommissioning process.

    Joe Bisognano
    SRC Director

    (For a printable PDF of this letter, please click here.)



    SRC Status: An Important Update from Our Director

    February 11, 2014

    Dear SRC Users,


    Given that neither my interactions with the Department of Energy nor Science Director Tai Chiang's with NSF have yielded anything, it's time to accept that Synchrotron Radiation Center will be closing down. I met with the Graduate School on Friday to begin the planning process for decommissioning.  In the short term, we'll be running user beam till 3 pm on Friday, March 7.  After that, we'll do what is necessary to keep warm and safe.  Some limited staff will be on site through April 4.  

    The Graduate School will be putting together a team to manage the decommissioning process, which will proceed in an orderly fashion over the next months.  During this time users should remove their personal equipment.  Please get in touch with me as soon as possible about arrangements and schedule.  Ultimately, the Aladdin vault and offices will be used for other university programs.  The superconducting electron gun will be mothballed, and the Graduate School agreed to leave it in place for at least a year while we pursue new collaborations.    

    The SRC, till the very end, has remained a valuable, highly cost effective resource for synchrotron science that offers many unique capabilities.  The world of IR, VUV, and soft X-ray research will be diminished by its loss.  There clearly is something deeply wrong with US support and oversight of the scientific research endeavor.  We, both staff and users, should all be proud of what we have accomplished.   

    Joe Bisognano


    Synchrotron Radiation Center

    Click here to read the Capital Times article regarding SRC and science trends in the U.S. (PDF here)



    SRC UW Superconducting Gun - First Electron Beam

    Closeup of SRC UW Superconducting GunThe University of Wisconsin (UW) Superconducting Gun project has reached a milestone by producing its first electron beam.  This represents a significant advance in electron source technology. The purpose of this program, which is funded by the US Department of Energy, is to develop a critical component for a high repetition rate free electron laser (FEL) user facility, the next generation light source.

    For more information, see the article here (PDF).

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    Transforming Science at SRC with Nondestructive Synchrotron FTIR Spectro-Microtomography

    Tomography StoryResearchers at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) have developed, for the first time, Fourier transform infrared spectro-microtomography.  This powerful technology allows for nondestructive three-dimensional imaging that reveals the distribution of distinctive chemistry throughout an intact biological or materials sample.

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    Bursting through the Silicon Barrier:  Developing Carbon-based Nanoelectronics with Graphene

    Graphene Mattson StoryA promising way forward has been found by SRC Scientists to use carbon to create electronic devices instead of silicon.  In a work published in ACS Nano, using tools including those found at SRC, scientists have developed a process for making a never-before-seen, atomically thin, composite material containing ordered layers of graphene and nanocrystals of graphene monoxide.

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    Superconductivity-like Electron Pair Formation in Molecules Discovered


    In work published in Physical Review Letters, researchers from the Wehlitz group at SRC outline their discovery that electrons can form pairs in some aromatic molecules as small as benzene. This finding opens a new avenue in the quest for understanding high temperature superconductors and, ultimately, in the search for room temperature superconductors.

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    Phased Approach for a Free Electron Laser Facility Presented At International Conference

    A phased approach to the construction of a full service free electron laser (FEL) facility was presented at the International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC) in May of 2012.  This paper presented continuing design efforts for a next generation FEL facility, building on the Wisconsin Free Electron (WiFEL) study.  In addition, a progress report was presented on the superconducting RF electron gun program.

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    Wisconsin Free Electron Laser Project




    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is exploring the feasibility and design of a next generation light source and the broad range of science and technology that it would enable.

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    An archive of SRC news is available in the News Library section of our website.