Synchrotron Environmental Science VI

GSECARS and ANL to host SES VI, September 11-12, 2014 to promote the dialogue between synchrotron and environmental science experts. Synchrotron Environmental Science VI

Synchrotron Environmental Science VI

X-ray microprobe study of arsenic speciation and evolution in mine tailings

Compositional map showing location of Fe, Ni, and As in a thin section of mine tailings from McLean Lake, Canada

X-ray microprobe study of arsenic speciation and evolution in mine tailings

High pressure x-ray tomographic microscopy module

The HPXTM module helps researchers study the texture change of their sample under extreme pressure and temperature conditions by collecting in-situ HP/HT 3D x-ray tomographic images.

High Pressure X-ray Tomographic Microscopy Module sitting outside of the 250 ton press in 13 BMD.

X-ray diffraction patterns from a diamond anvil cell (DAC).

X-ray diffraction is the most powerful technique for crystal structure determination. From left to right, patterns from a single crystal, polychrystalline, nano-cyrstalline and amorphous crystals.

X-ray diffraction patterns from a diamond anvil cell.

XRF microtomography reconstructions of arabidopsis seed

High-resolution XRF microtomography of Arabidopsis seed. Reconstructed distribution of Fe, Mn, Zn and Ca, K, Zn are shown, images in fly-scan mode with a pixel resolution of 1 µm (13IDE,T. Punshon, Dartmouth).

High-speed and high-resolution X-ray fluorescence microtomography



GSECARS is a national user facility
for frontier research in the earth sciences using synchrotron radiation at the
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory.

GSECARS provides earth scientists with access to the high-brilliance hard x-rays from this third-generation synchrotron light source. All principal synchrotron-based analytical techniques in demand by earth scientists are being brought to bear on earth science problems:

  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and spectroscopy using the diamond anvil cell
  • High-pressure/high-temperature crystallography and imaging using the large-volume press
  • Powder, single crystal and interface diffraction
  • Inelastic x-ray scattering
  • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence microprobe analysis
  • Microtomography


APS User Meeting, May 12-15, 2014

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Geochemist Millicent Schmidt from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, come to GSECARS to study the potential underlying causes for an unusual increased incidence of pulmonary disease in U.S. soliders returning from military service in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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► GSECARS LVP Program examines deep-focus earthquakes. Results published in Science.

Published in Science, September 20, 2013, work done using the GSECARS multi-anvil press, "Deep-Focus Earthquake Analogs Recorded at High Pressure and Temperature in the Laboratory".

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► New LVP Lab is User Friendly

The LVP Lab at GSECARS has undergone a recent renovation.  The improved lab space now has 4 user work stations, new microscopes and a cabinet for user storage. Click for more details.

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