At the experiment station, researchers make observations by using the synchrotron light (photons) to produce small changes in their samples, while a variety of instruments record the results. Computers help convert the instruments' readings into images, graphs, or even three-dimensional models, making new information available for advancing science and technology.
 
  As a national user facility, the ALS is available to researchers from universities, industry, and government laboratories. Each year, over 100 scientists from around the world come to the ALS to conduct experiments. The photograph above shows a research team from Western Michigan University setting up their experiment chamber at the ALS beamline for atomic and molecular physics.
   
  ALS Components
  The Advanced Light Source--A Tool for Solving the Mysteries of Materials
   
 

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