The theme of the conference was “Advances X-Ray Sources and Novel Imaging, Characterization and Analysis Techniques”, with emphasis on (1) recent work and advances in accelerator based X-ray sources to create X-ray beams with novel properties; (2) the development of novel X-ray imaging, characterization and analysis techniques; and (3) novel applications of X-rays to frontier scientific challenges. Held In conjunction with GRC was Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), a “unique forum for graduate students, postdocs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas”.
Cornell and CHESS were well-represented at both GRS and GRC, with eight delegates in attendance. CHESS user and Cornell’s Materials Science and Engineering faculty Dr. Andrej Singer gave a talk in the OperandoStudies session, discussing "Nucleation of Dislocations and Their Dynamics in Layered Oxides Cathode Materials During Battery Charging". Prof. Singer’s postdoc Dr. Oleg Gorobtsov gave a talk at GRS discussing “Structure Dynamics in Sodium Ion Batteries During Charging and Discharging”. CHESS staff scientist Dr. Ken Finkelstein was the discussion leader of the session in “Advanced X-Ray Optics and Detectors”, and gave an overview introductory talk and moderated the session. Finally, former CHESS director and Cornell’s physics faculty Dr. Sol Gruner delivered a keynote address on “Science Challenges and X-Ray Methods”.
The next GRS and GRC on X-ray Science are scheduled to be held in 2021 (date and location: TBD).