— Erik Johnson, Interim NSLS-II Director 2024

Brookhaven NSLS-II Interim Director Erik Johnson: New Beamlines, 10th Anniversary & More

In January 2024, Interim Director Erik Johnson of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) provided an update on numerous projects and events happening at the facility, including:

NEXT-III Project Update: Selection of Future Beamlines
The set of new beamlines being planned for the NEXT-III project are beginning to take shape. For the first phase, we will design and build the High Resolution Powder Diffraction (HRD) and Quantitative Cellular Tomography (QCT) beamlines. In addition, we will design the Advanced Nanoscale Imaging (ANI) and Tender X-ray Nanoprobe (TXN) beamlines.

On December 1, 2023, Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, the director of the Office of Science (SC) issued a request to the SC Federal Advisory Committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) to “look toward the scientific horizon and identify what new or upgraded facilities will best serve our needs in the next ten years (2024-2034).”

The specific charge is to consider new or upgraded facilities at the forefront of scientific discovery. The facilities to be considered are generally investments above $100 M. They are categorized with respect to their potential to contribute to world-leading science in the next decade and their readiness for construction. The report from BESAC, and all of the other DOE advisory panels, is due to Dr. Berhe by May of this year.

The office of Basic Energy Sciences, the DOE sponsor of NSLS-II, provided a list of proposed facilities for BESAC to consider. This includes the NSLS-II Experimental Tools III (NEXT-III) and NSLS-II Upgrade projects. Details are currently being worked out, but briefs to a BESAC sub-panel are expected to take place next month. Their report across the BES facilities is expected to be completed for consideration by BESAC this April.

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