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Because a large proportion of ALS experiments are "physics" experiments, it's useful to separate them into two categories — one focused on Materials/Condensed Matter, and this one, with a dual focus on AMO (atomic, molecular, and optical) physics and accelerator physics.

Light sources such as the ALS have opened up research frontiers that may hold the answers to fundamental questions about structure and dynamics in AMO physics. The advanced spectroscopies that have been developed here provide the ability to control and probe atomic and molecular processes with unprecedented precision. In particular, the spectral resolution, brightness, broad tunability, and polarization control generate novel avenues for the study of tailored states, inner-shell processes, and nonperturbative electron interactions. Driven by the high brightness of the ALS, a whole new world of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and soft x-ray physics has emerged through the development of combined techniques to excite, select, and probe atoms, molecules, and clusters.

"Accelerator physics" encompasses research generated by and for the ALS machinery itself (including not just the accelerator, but also the storage ring, bending magnets, insertion devices, beamlines and more). The ALS operating schedule includes ample time for the resident accelerator physicists to not only improve on beam delivery to users, but also to explore new modes of operation and envision the possibilities for a next-generation light source.

Physics Highlights

AMO, Accelerator Physics


A Microscopic Double-Slit Experiment

Regarding Confinement Resonances

Site-Selective Ionization in Nanoclusters Affects Subsequent Fragmentation

Molecular-Frame Angular Distributions of Resonant Auger Electrons

Experimental Test of Self-Shielding in VUV Photodissociation of CO

Probing Core-Hole Localization in Molecular Nitrogen

Characterization of Selective Binding of Alkali Cations with Carboxylate

The H2 Double-Slit Experiment: Where Quantum and Classical Physics Meet

Symmetry Breaking of H2 Dissociation by a Single Photon

Long-Range Validity of Threshold Laws in Inner-Shell Photodetachment

Photoexcitation of a Volume Plasmon in Buckyballs

Enol Intermediates Unexpectedly Found in Flames

A Hollow-Ion Resonance of Unprecedented Strength

Electron Trapping by Molecular Vibration

Accelerator Physics

Pseudo-Single-Bunch Expands Experimental Scope

Laser Seeding Yields High-Power Coherent Terahertz Radiation

Tailored Terahertz Pulses from a Laser-Modulated Electron Beam