Synchrotron Radiation Center

Synchrotron Radiation Center Official page for Synchrotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC), located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is a national synchrotron radiation light source research facility.

SRC provides synchrotron radiation, a name given to electromagnetic radiation in the x-ray, ultraviolet, visible and infrared realms produced by electrons circulating in a storage ring (Aladdin) at nearly the speed of light. This extremely bright light can be used to investigate a diverse array of research problems, including: superconductors; low-dimensional solids; quantum confinement; geology and environmental science; microanalysis of cells and tissues as part of disease research such as brain cancer and Alzheimer's disease; and cutting-edge exploration of nanotechnology. The Synchrotron Radiation Center is primarily funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with supplemental support from facility Users and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It is operated by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

03/07/2014

"Ladies and gentlemen, the lamp is out." Thus we meet the end of an era today, as SRC just dumped its last beam.

02/24/2014

SRC is closing down. Last User beam will be on March 7. For more information including links to news stories please see our webpage at http://www.src.wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin has provided short term support for the superconducting RF electron gun program to provide t...
11/19/2013
Synchrotron Radiation Center

The University of Wisconsin has provided short term support for the superconducting RF electron gun program to provide time for the federal budget situation to be clarified. With the core SRC team in place, it will be possible to keep the Aladdin storage ring operational through February 28, 2014, with sufficient income from user fees. More info at: http://www.src.wisc.edu/

The University of Wisconsin has provided short term support for the superconducting RF electron gun program to provide time for the federal budget situation to be clarified. With the core SRC team in place, it will be possible to keep the Aladdin storage ring operational through February 28, 2014,…

The University of Wisconsin Synchrotron Radiation Center, a pioneer in photoemission spectroscopy and, more recently, IR...
10/24/2013
Synchrotron Radiation Center

The University of Wisconsin Synchrotron Radiation Center, a pioneer in photoemission spectroscopy and, more recently, IR spectrochemical imaging, is seeking to form a Consortium for Synchrotron Radiation Science. This Consortium, to be made up mainly of institutions that currently use SRC, will maintain minimal operations for the next three years while new funding is secured. More information and pledge bar at: http://go.wisc.edu/h1303o

The University of Wisconsin Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) is an electron storage ring optimized for the production of synchrotron radiation in the IR/VUV/soft x-ray region. SRC has been a pioneer facility in, for example, photoemission spectroscopy and, more recently, IR spectrochemical imaging...

How do you cool a Niobium Superconducting Electron gun?   Step 1: pre-cool with liquid nitrogen (-320 F).  Step 2: cool ...
08/29/2013

How do you cool a Niobium Superconducting Electron gun? Step 1: pre-cool with liquid nitrogen (-320 F). Step 2: cool with liquid helium (-452 F). In the second photo the gun, liquid nitrogen dewar, and liquid helium dewar are visible.

08/28/2013
Wisconsin SRF Gun Facility Tour

Another commissioning run of the Wisconsin Superconducting RF Gun starts tomorrow! For a tour of the facility showing the RF power room, laser room, and the gun itself, check out this video: http://youtu.be/gH5PHU3IQJA

Tour of the Superconducting Gun Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Synchrotron Radiation Center

The Flash says thanks!
08/27/2013

The Flash says thanks!

Before cooling down the Superconducting RF Gun using liquid helium, it first is pre-cooled using liquid nitrogen.  The i...
08/19/2013

Before cooling down the Superconducting RF Gun using liquid helium, it first is pre-cooled using liquid nitrogen. The image shows a dewar as it is filled with liquid nitrogen in preparation for testing of the electron gun.

The IRENI Infrared beamline, was built at SRC with funds from the National Science foundation.  Take a look at a short v...
08/14/2013
Installation of IRENI

The IRENI Infrared beamline, was built at SRC with funds from the National Science foundation. Take a look at a short video clip of the installation of IRENI in the SRC electron storage ring vault. http://youtu.be/-WFRuWu1upc

The SRC IRENI beamline, funded by the National Science Foundation, was built and installed in the SRC electron storage ring "Aladdin" between October, 2006 a...

The science of flash!
08/13/2013

The science of flash!

People from the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

Visiting our lab to have their pictures taken next to a particle accelerator, one of the things hunted for.

Note the Flash costume.

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Superconducting Gun project has reached a milestone by producing its first electron bea...
08/12/2013
Synchrotron Radiation Center

The 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 http://go.wisc.edu/3775to

In the video (see link below) the white image on the monitor shows that the SRC UW Superconducting RF Gun has produced its first electron beam.

Researchers at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) have developed, for the first time, Fourier transform infrared spe...
08/12/2013
Synchrotron Radiation Center

Researchers 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. For more on this story visit http://go.wisc.edu/rkr6im

Researchers 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 biol...

2013 SRC Users' MeetingThe annual SRC Users' Meeting is scheduled this year for September 27-28, 2013. Details regarding...
08/09/2013
SRC Users' Meeting 2013

2013 SRC Users' Meeting

The annual SRC Users' Meeting is scheduled this year for September 27-28, 2013. Details regarding registration, submitting abstracts, Aladdin Lamp award, poster session, and more can be found on the meeting website http://www.src.wisc.edu/meetings/UM2013/

This year marks 45 years since the first dedicated Synchrotron operation begun in Stoughton. Because of this, part of the SRC Users' meeting will be a celebration of this fact by highlighting the scientific accomplishments including talks about SRC history and presentations from distinguished scient...

12/07/2012
Middle East 'Cern' taking shape

SRC Visiting Scientist in the News

In 2007, Jordanian scientist Zuheir El-Bayyari visited SRC to collaborate with SRC User Hirschmugl. His purpose was to gain experience with infrared beamlines so that he could build one at the SESAME Lightsource, a collaboration of Middle East countries. Recently Dr. El-Bayyari, along with other scientists, was highlighted in a story by the BBC. Dr. El-Bayyari has plans to return to SRC in the near future. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20447422

A Middle East particle accelerator project is making progress after years of doubts over its feasibility.

11/26/2012
Synchrotron Radiation Center

A 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 the Synchrotron Radiation Center, 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. For the full story visit: http://go.wisc.edu/f0flsn

On the road towards creating smaller and smaller electronic devices, silicon blocks the way by limiting the smallness of the electronic components that can be constructed with it. A promising way forward has been found by using carbon instead and its study has resulted in a rapidly growing field. ...

11/26/2012

SRC User Belchik Wins Poster Award

Congratulations to microbiology postdoc and SRC User Sara Belchik, who received the Terry Beveridge Poster Award for Excellence in Biofilm Microscopy at the 6th ASM Conference on Biofilms Sept. 29 - Oct. 4 in Miami, FL.

She presented “An Infrared Chemical Analysis of Shewanella Biofilms Under Metal-Reducing Environments. Co-authors are Carol Hirschmugl, Synchrotron Radiation Center; and Leo Kucek, Eric Hill, Crystal Silvia, and Matt Marshall (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Microbiology); and Alice Dohnalkova (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory).

(Source: Julie Wiley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

11/08/2012
Synchrotron Radiation Center

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. More info at: http://go.wisc.edu/p563oz

Usually, electrons try to avoid each other due to their electrostatic repulsion. On occasion, however, they can form a pair which has long been known in superconductivity called a "Cooper pair," named after the physicist who first described them. In work published in Physical Review Letters, researc...

Yesterday 85 students from Memorial HS learned about SRC and WIPAC's Anechoic chamber.
11/01/2012

Yesterday 85 students from Memorial HS learned about SRC and WIPAC's Anechoic chamber.

10/17/2012
Synchrotron Radiation Center

The winner of the Aladdin Lamp Award given out during the SRC Users' Meeting held September 28-29 was Yevgeniy Lushtak. The best poster award winner was graduate student Eric Mattson. Check it out at http://www.src.wisc.edu/

The winner of theAladdin Lamp Awardgiven out during the SRC Users' Meeting held September 28-29 wasYevgeniy Lushtak. Thebest poster award winnerwas graduate studentEric Mattson.

UW science alliance on our way to marinette wi for a day of science fun!
10/16/2012

UW science alliance on our way to marinette wi for a day of science fun!

06/01/2012

The 2012 SRC Users’ Meeting is set for September 28-29, 2012. It will be held at the Physical Sciences Laboratory, 3725 Schneider Drive, Stoughton, Wisconsin (adjacent to SRC). Information on registration, submission of abstracts, Aladdin Lamp Award nominations, the poster session, and more can be found on the 2012 SRC Users’ Meeting website.

04/07/2011

This official page of SRC is now up and running!

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04/07/2011

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