29 Aug 2017

August 2017 eNews


Call for proposals deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon

The deadline to submit a proposal for experimental beam time for cycle 27, which will run from January to June 2018, is Wednesday at noon (CST).

Research time allocated through the General User mechanism is via competitive peer review emphasizing the excellence of science where there is intent to publish scientific results. A call is issued twice a year.

The call for cycle 27 opened on July 26. Results will be announced the week of November 6.


Obituary: Roger Servranckx

A pioneer in accelerator physics who contributed to the design of the Canadian Light Source has died.

Roger Servranckx passed away on July 28 at the age of 88 at his home in British Columbia.

Roger was hired by Leon Katz in the early 1970s to study the possibility of using a ring to supply a continuous stream of electrons to the nuclear physics program at the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory (SAL).  Working with optics designers from the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Roger developed the optics code DIMAD. This code led to the development of the Electron Ring of Saskatchewan (EROS), which was funded in 1984 and soon after used to do nuclear physics at SAL until 1999.  In the 1990s, DIMAD was used to do virtually all the beam optics design work for the CLS project.  This included the design of both the booster ring and the storage ring.  Roger’s involvement continued for several years after the CLS was funded with continuing modifications to DIMAD in order to study the effects of insertion devices (wigglers and undulators) on the storage ring optics. 

Finally, around 2004, Roger declared, “That’s it! I am now fully retired.” and work on DIMAD ended although consultations on beam optics continued.

In retirement, Roger pursued, among other hobbies, making beer and growing mushrooms at his acreage on Gabriola Island.  Even though development of DIMAD stopped, it is still used to do detailed particle tracking to study the effect of IDs and machine misalignments.  As well, DIMAD is still used at many facilities around the world.  A recent example is the detailed studies of various injection schemes for the MAX IV storage rings in Sweden.

Roger will be missed but his legacy lives on.


Unique meeting on imaging coming to Saskatchewan

Academic Industry Meeting day, or AIMday™, is a unique meeting concept in which industry stakeholders submit questions and raise issues relevant to their needs and challenges.

On Oct. 18, AIMday™ Imaging 2017 will be hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Canadian Light Source. This will be the second time the event has been hosted in North America.

Submitted questions are matched with specific academic expertise and form the basis of focused, multi-disciplinary workshops. It is a collaborative process, which extends from idea to innovation.

Image capture and analysis is ever more essential to handle, visualize, and quantitatively analyze the vast amounts of data being generated in fields of research and development spanning modern medical imaging and intelligent drug design, to research on satellite surface coatings, to understanding crop characteristics for global food security. Cutting-edge imaging technologies are being used by a broad array of industries including mining, environmental and green tech, human health and pharmaceuticals, animal and veterinary health, oil and gas, aerospace, and energy storage sectors. The market for medical image analysis software alone is expected to reach $3.1 billion USD by 2020 up from $2.1 billion in 2015.

Company registration is now open and will remain open until Sept. 8, 2017. Academic registration will open on Sept. 14, 2017.


Grad/post-doc travel program deadline Aug 31

Graduate and post-doctoral students are reminded that Thursday is the last day to apply for funding to assist with the cost of travel to the Canadian Light Source and the CLS@APS.

To be eligible for this round of financial assistance, students must travel and have beam time between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. 

The Graduate and Post-doctoral Student Travel Support Program is intended to support students travelling to the CLS to conduct experiments that have been allocated through the peer-review process and to students travelling to APS in Illinois to conduct experiments at CLS@APS. Support is limited to two visits per student in a calendar year, based on available budgets.

All applications will be considered and applicants will receive a response before Sept. 15.


X-ray imaging technique optimized for studying plant root-soil interactions


Canadian Light Source scientists in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and National Research Council researchers are imaging plant roots to better understand plant root systems in soil. Using the brilliantly bright light of the CLS, they can image the root system while still potted.
The scientists are now working on adapting this technique to image a large number of plant roots in pots in a short time for high throughput applications.

These photos show the X-ray image of the corn plant root system and washed up roots after imaging at CLS.








Researchers develop technique to reuse carbon dioxide and methane, slowing climate change

Reusing carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane waste emissions from industrial sources is closer to reality thanks to recent findings from a project conducted at the Canadian Light Source and the University of Saskatchewan.
COand methane are the most significant greenhouse gases resulting from human activity, says Dr. Hui Wang, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

Capturing CO2 and methane emissions from industrial sources and reusing them could reduce the threat on the world’s ecosystem by slowing climate change, says Dr. Wang, the principal researcher of a paper published in Catalyst Today.


Spots still available for X-ray fluorescence data analysis webinar, Sept. 6

Vicente Armando Solé, a software developer from ESRF, will lead a three-hour webinar on X-ray fluorescence data analysis using the pyMca toolkit developed at ESRF.

The free webinar is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. (CST).

While the registration deadline has passed, we can accomodate a couple more attendees.


New staff/now hiring

New staff

  • Mark Boland – Machine Director
  • Brett Ferguson – Finance Manager
  • Tor Pedersen – Support Scientist, QMSC Beamline
  • Danielle Veikle – Support Scientist, Industrial Science

Now hiring

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