LEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–By cutting a ceremonial yellow ribbon, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Illinois leaders marked the completion of a new facility that will host experiments that will contribute to the future of electric vehicles , quantum computers and resilient materials for all sorts of uses.
The new Long Beamline Building (LBB) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is an experimental room that will be part of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a DOE Office User Facility of Science. It will house two new beamlines that will transport ultra-bright X-rays from the APS core to advanced scientific instruments.
This next generation of beamlines will be able to provide high-resolution X-ray images of critical components and technologies, from aircraft engines to solar cells to advanced materials for microelectronics, with clear, up-to-date detail. an incredibly small scale.
The LBB is part of an $815 million upgrade of the APS, a DOE Office of Science user facility, one of the world’s most productive x-ray light sources. More than 5,000 scientists around the world use APS in a typical year to conduct research in fields ranging from chemistry and life sciences to materials science and geology.
“When America is at the forefront of science, we strengthen our global competitiveness and create jobs. President Biden believes that investing in science and innovation helps us meet not only the greatest challenges of today, but also those of tomorrow,” said Secretary Granholm. “The recently unveiled facility at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source is exactly what science leadership looks like and the DOE could not be prouder of the scientists, researchers, staff and students leading this important work.”
US Representative Bill Foster, US Representative Bobby Rush, Argonne Laboratory Director Paul K. Kearns and dozens of scientists, engineers and APS team members joined Secretary Granholm for the occasion.
The LBB, which broke ground in construction in June 2020, remains the most externally visible part of the APS upgrade project. To allow for the installation and commissioning of various components critical to the upgrade, APS will suspend operations for one year, beginning in April 2023. When the light source returns in 2024 and experiments resume , the long LBB beamlines will be put into operation immediately. .