X-ray scattering & detection

Decoding dengue and West Nile: Researchers take steps toward control of growing public health problemsFebruary 6, 2014

Utilizing Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan and Purdue University has discovered a key aspect both to how Dengue fever and West Nile fever replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.

Lessening X-ray damage is healthy for protein discovery data tooDecember 16, 2013

New recommendations for using X-rays promise to speed investigations aimed at understanding the structure and function of biologically important proteins – information critical to the development of new drugs.

A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficientDecember 11, 2013

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

7 things you may not know about X-raysSeptember 13, 2013

At Argonne's massive synchrotron, X-rays are used for a lot more than checking for broken bones.

Universal influenza vaccine potentially in sightSeptember 13, 2013

The fall ritual of getting an annual influenza shot could join castor oil on the list of bygone remedies within a decade, some scientists say. During research over the last several years at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne, two teams of scientists closed on what they suspect is the virus’s Achilles’ heel.

The formula for turning cement into metalMay 27, 2013

In a move that would make the Alchemists of King Arthur’s time green with envy, scientists have unraveled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the profitable consumer electronics marketplace for thin films, protective coatings, and computer chips.

High-pressure imaging breakthrough a boon for nanotechnologyApril 9, 2013

The study of nanoscale material just got much easier, and the design of nanoscale technology could get much more efficient, thanks to an advance in X-ray analysis.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little AtomNovember 2, 2012

By using extremely short bursts of intense X-rays, a team of researchers from Argonne, McGill University, Boston University, DESY and LCLS is able to investigate the “speckle” patterns that are generated when a coherent X-ray beam of light interacts with a material, especially liquids.

A clearer look at how iron reacts in the environmentSeptember 6, 2012

Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles.