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  • Fall 2009—Aladdin Newsletter No. 46

    Synchrotron Radiation Center

    Posted 12-03-2009

    In this Issue:

    1. Instrumentation Upgrades
    2. Users' Meeting Report
    3. Upcoming Summer 2010 SRC-REU Program
    4. Chancellor Martin Visits SRC
    5. SRC Support Services Restructure
    6. Awards, Accolades and Other Announcements

    1. Instrumentation Upgrades: Two New Beamlines Now Online

    The SRC is excited to announce the commissioning of two new beamlines. First, a new variable polarization VLS PGM beamline was completed with the placement of an elliptically polarized Apple II undulator (EPU) in one of the spaces in the northeast corner of Aladdin. To learn more about this new beamline, click here for a recent SRC Newsflash article.

    Secondly, SRC and user Carol Hirschmugl have collaborated in building a state of the art, world-class mid-infrared beamline (IRENI), which will enable the opportunity to obtain chemical images with diffraction-limited (or better) resolution in minutes. It has been said that this high of quality infrared beamline may not exist anywhere else in the world today. Read more about IRENI at

    2. Users' Meeting Report

    The 2009 SRC User Meeting was held on October 23 and 24, 2009.  This year's meeting was dedicated to Cliff Olson and his illustrious scientific career, which spanned more than 38 years.  Many of the speakers collaborated with Cliff at some point during his career and spoke of his contributions as a colleague, a friend, a mentor, a spokesman, a historian, an advocate and a teacher.  In addition to the scientific presentations, the attendees heard about new instrumentation at SRC and had an opportunity to congratulate the Aladdin Lamp Award winner, Rebecca Metzler, and the two best post award winners, Richard Hatch and Guang Bian.  This year's meeting was organized by Dr. Cherice Evans of Queens College, CUNY.  A full report will follow at a later time.

    3. Upcoming Summer 2010 SRC-REU Program

    While it seems like summer just ended and a Wisconsin winter is settling in, it's time already to start preparations for the summer 2010 SRC-REU program. In its ninth year, this immensely successful program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, brings students from around the United States (and its territories) to the SRC for an intensive ten-week research experience. As part of the program, students are matched up with a researcher/mentor and they embark on pursuit of a research problem. During the summer they will take original data in collaboration with their mentors and provide a summary of their work via presentations and written reports. The website for this program, which provides a link to the application, is available now at:

    4. Chancellor Visits SRC and PSL

    University of Wisconsin - Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin recently visited SRC and PSL as part of her effort to become more familiar with the various research centers at UW-Madison. Chancellor Martin took a guided tour of the Aladdin ring, with stops at the clean rooms, the IR beamline, the SPHINX microscope, the Education and Outreach beamline (SPECTRA), a visit with graduate student Mark Stockett, and a stop to learn more about the WiFEL project. From here, the Chancellor toured PSL before taking questions at a Q and A session.

    5. SRC Support Services Restructure

    SRC management recently completed a comprehensive review of the administrative office and other support functions at the Center.  Based on the findings a new group entitled "Center Relations and Support Services (CRSS)" was established and will include the staff people in the Administrative Office, the General Computing office and the Education and Outreach group.  This group will be responsible for administrative support, general computing support, educational activities, and outreach activities including external, internal and user relations.   Esther Olson will provide oversight for the group.  Any questions concerning the restructure and its functions may be directed to Joe Bisognano or Esther Olson.

    6. Awards, Accolades and Other Announcements

    Maider Ormaza, a Ph. D. student in Enrique Ortega’s group, received one of the best poster prizes at the "Trends in Nanotechnology" conference held in Barcelona in September. The poster presented ARPES data taken at the Scienta-PGM beam line on "Two-dimensional bands of rare earth/gold surface alloys measured with ARPES".

    Hong Ding, who did all of his Ph.D. work at SRC, was recently appointed Distinguished Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics.

    Adam Kaminski, who also did all his Ph.D. research work at SRC, was promoted to Associate Professor at Iowa State University.

    Utpal Chatterjee, who also did all his Ph.D. work at SRC, is now a Director's Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in the Neutron and X-Ray Scattering Group.

    Juan Carlos Campuzano is one of the PIs in the new DOE Center for Emergent
    Superconductivity—the largest of the Energy Frontiers Research Centers. The
    CES is based at Brookhaven National Laboratory and includes investigators from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois.


    Up-to-date listings of publications presenting research done at SRC can be found on the SRC website. ( Researchers who have published work as a result of work done at SRC are encouraged to double-check to make sure that their recent publications are included on the current list. Please send along any updates to Katherine Spencer at

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