As part of a massive upgrade to the Advanced Photon Source (APS), scientists studying the “chemical map” of samples will have better proximity to colleagues, improved research tools and state-of-the-art facilities.
Kathy Harkay was there at the start of the APS, working to determine the limits of what the machine could do. Now she’s working on upgrading the facility, and is looking forward to test-driving the new APS.
Prototypes of new superconducting magnets for the upgraded Advanced Photon Source were successfully lowered to their operating temperatures, far below freezing. These new magnets will help the APS generate more powerful X-rays more efficiently.