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  • Orbital symmetries of charge density wave order in YBa2Cu3O6+x Image

    Research Highlight: Orbital symmetries of charge density wave order in YBa2Cu3O6+x

    Posted on November 10, 2020
    Charge density wave (CDW) order has been shown to compete and coexist with superconductivity in underdoped cuprates. Theoretical proposals for the CDW order include an unconventional d-symmetry form factor CDW, evidence for which has emerged from measurements, including resonant soft x-ray scattering (RSXS) in YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO). Here, we revisit RSXS measurements of the CDW symmetry in YBCO, using a variation in the measurement geometry to provide enhanced sensitivity to orbital symmetry. We show that the (0 0.31 L) CDW peak measured at the Cu L edge is dominated by an s form factor rather than a d form factor as was reported previously. In addition, by measuring both (0.31 0 L) and (0 0.31 L) peaks, we identify a pronounced difference in the orbital symmetry of the CDW order along the a and b axes, with the CDW along the a axis exhibiting orbital order in addition to charge order.

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    Research Highlight: Resonant Soft X-ray Reflectometry and Diffraction Studies of Emergent Phenomena in Oxide Heterostructures

    Posted on April 14, 2020
    In this report, we will outline resonant soft x-ray reflectrometry (RXR) technique, which has become a powerful technique as it offers not only structural sensitivity with sub-nanometre resolution but also interfacial chemical and valence electron sensitivity. RXR basically adds what is offered by conventional x-ray absorption (XAS) with quantitative depth dependence and enhanced interface sensitivity, which is ideal for studying oxide heterostructures. Firstly, the strong sensitivity of RXR will be demonstrated by studying the simulated reflectivity maps in the absence and presence of the surface and interface reconstruction. Secondly, resonant x-ray diffraction study on the perovsite rare earth nickelates will be highlighted, which is used to uncover a controlled tunability between a non-collinear and a collinear magnetic order as a function of dimensionality. 

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    News: Call for General User Proposals for Cycle 32

    Posted on February 12, 2020
    The Call for General User Proposal for July - December 2020 (Cycle 32) is due on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12.00 CST. Please submit proposals via https://user-portal.lightsource.ca. We have been informed that the draft schedule for cycle 32 has a similar number of user shifts as cycle 31 and therefore it may be challenging to allocate all user beamtime requests (cut-off score was 1.75 for cycle 31). Further, there will be no time available in October, November and December. Please keep in mind this is a draft schedule and is not yet official, but it is unlikely change.  Considering these restrictions, we understand if you choose not to submit a proposal for the upcoming cycle. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding the upcoming cycle.

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    News: REIXS schedule for the next cycle

    Posted on November 28, 2019
    REIXS beamtime allocation and scheduling is complete. It can be viewed via /user-guide/schedule/. We apologize that we can not accommodate all the requested shifts as the number of available shifts for general users in the normal operations are greatly reduced due to an extra month of facility development mode.

  • Beamline Update: REIXS Beamline Resumes Operations

    Posted on July 24, 2019
    Today, the REIXS beamline resumed general user operations. The beamline repair was very successful and we are operating once again at full capacity. As many of you may know, after last year’s extended shutdown due to the electron gun failure, REIXS experienced another failure. The breakdown in our mono was caused by a failure of the in-vacuum bearings used to translate the optics (changing mirror coatings and gratings). This failure occurred in late January, however, we were still able the run the remainder of the shifts in January and February at reduced capability. The scope of the repair included bringing in the original vendor to replace the bearings and re-coating the upstream mirror. There was a design change of the bearings that hopefully will significantly improve the lifetime of the currently installed bearings. An additional configuration change of the optics (requiring the upstream mirror to be recoated) will minimize motion of these in-vacuum bearings. Moreover, the motorization of the stages have been adjusted to further increase the lifetime of the bearings.

  • Beamline Update: Call for Proposals Delayed

    Posted on February 06, 2019
    The REIXS monochromator suffered a breakdown on January 18, 2019. As a result, we are not able to change gratings and are planning to complete repairs during the upcoming outage (March – May 2019). However, we need to properly condition the mirror and gratings with x-ray beam using a considerable amount of general user shifts. For this reason, we will not be accepting any beamtime requests or new user proposals for the upcoming cycle. If you still wish to submit a general user proposal, you are welcome to do so and a beamtime request can be made against this proposal for Cycle 31 (January – June 2020) during the next call, but we recommend waiting until the next call for proposals before making any submissions. Please do not hesitate to contact Ronny Sutarto or Teak Boyko if you have any further questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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    Research Highlight: Complex magnetic order in nickelate slabs

    Posted on July 26, 2018
    Magnetic ordering phenomena have a profound influence on the macroscopic properties of correlated-electron materials, but their realistic prediction remains a formidable challenge. An archetypical example is the ternary nickel oxide system RNiO3 (R = rare earth), where the period-four magnetic order with proposals of collinear and non-collinear structures and the amplitude of magnetic moments on different Ni sublattices have been subjects of debate for decades. Here we introduce an elementary model system—NdNiO3 slabs embedded in a non-magnetic NdGaO3 matrix—and use polarized resonant X-ray scattering (RXS) to show that both collinear and non-collinear magnetic structures can be realized, depending on the slab thickness. The crossover between both spin structures is correctly predicted by density functional theory and can be qualitatively understood in a low-energy spin model. We further demonstrate that the amplitude ratio of magnetic moments in neighbouring NiO6 octahedra can be accurately determined by RXS in combination with a correlated double cluster model. Targeted synthesis of model systems with controlled thickness and synergistic application of polarized RXS and ab initio theory thus provide new perspectives for research on complex magnetism, in analogy to two-dimensional materials created by exfoliation.

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    News: The Call for General User Proposals for next cycle was closed

    Posted on February 01, 2018
    The Call for General User Proposal for July -  December 2018 (Cycle 28) was closed. The deadline for proposal submission was Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 23.59 (CST). Support for submitting proposal via the new user-portal system wll be available until 16.30 CST that day.

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    News: The Call for General User Proposals for next cycle was closed

    Posted on July 27, 2017
    The Call for General User Proposal for January -  June 2018 (Cycle 27) was closed. The deadline for proposal submission was Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - NOON (CST).

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    News: Changes to after-hours building access for users begin July 15

    Posted on July 06, 2017
    Several recommendations have been implemented over the last few months to improve facility security. In January, we added a security officer at reception outside normal business hours. This ensures we have a security presence in the building at all times, with the officer on site Monday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., and around-the-clock on weekends and holidays.    Starting July 15, we will implement the next set of changes, consisting of user access to the main entrance only outside of normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In order to facilitate user access in case of inclement weather and to avoid longer walks at nighttime while continuing to enhance security, users with valid access cards will be able to enter the vestibules at the SAL (closest entrance to the Light Source Guesthouse) and at BMIT (at the end of the parking lot, furthest from the main entrance). Once inside, users will be able to contact the security guard through an intercom to request entrance to the CLS. The security guards will allow access based on the user presenting a valid access card that includes a photo.

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    News: The Call for General User Proposals for next cycle was closed

    Posted on February 23, 2017
    The Call for General User Proposal for July -  December 2017 (Cycle 26) was closed. The deadline for proposal submission was Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - NOON (CST).

  • Quasi-particle interference of heavy fermions in resonant x-ray scattering Image

    Research Highlight: Quasi-particle interference of heavy fermions in resonant x-ray scattering

    Posted on October 17, 2016
    Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) has recently become an increasingly important tool for the study of ordering phenomena in correlated electron systems. Yet, the interpretation of RXS experiments remains theoretically challenging because of the complexity of the RXS cross section. Central to this debate is the recent proposal that impurity-induced Friedel oscillations, akin to quasi-particle interference signals observed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), can lead to scattering peaks in RXS experiments. The possibility that quasi-particle properties can be probed in RXS measurements opens up a new avenue to study the bulk band structure of materials with the orbital and element selectivity provided by RXS. We test these ideas by combining RXS and STM measurements of the heavy fermion compound CeMIn5 (M = Co, Rh). Temperature- and doping-dependent RXS measurements at the Ce-M4 edge show a broad scattering enhancement that correlates with the appearance of heavy f-electron bands in these compounds. The scattering enhancement is consistent with the measured quasi-particle interference signal in the STM measurements, indicating that the quasi-particle interference can be probed through the momentum distribution of RXS signals. Overall, our experiments demonstrate new opportunities for studies of correlated electronic systems using the RXS technique.

  • Valence-state reflectometry of complex oxide heterointerfaces Image

    Research Highlight: Valence-state reflectometry of complex oxide heterointerfaces

    Posted on September 16, 2016
    Emergent phenomena in transition-metal-oxide heterostructures such as interface superconductivity and magnetism have been attributed to electronic reconstruction, which, however, is difficult to detect and characterise. Here we overcome the associated difficulties to simultaneously address the electronic degrees of freedom and distinguish interface from bulk effects by implementing a novel approach to resonant X-ray reflectivity (RXR). Our RXR study of the chemical and valance profiles along the polar (001) direction of a LaCoO3 film on NdGaO3 reveals a pronounced valence-state reconstruction from Co3+ in the bulk to Co2+ at the surface, with an areal density close to 0.5 Co2+ ions per unit cell. An identical film capped with polar (001) LaAlO3 maintains the Co3+ valence over its entire thickness. We interpret this as evidence for electronic reconstruction in the uncapped film, involving the transfer of 0.5e− per unit cell to the subsurface CoO2 layer at its LaO-terminated polar surface.

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    Research Highlight: Doping-dependent charge order correlations in electron-doped cuprates

    Posted on August 30, 2016
    Understanding the interplay between charge order (CO) and other phenomena (for example, pseudogap, antiferromagnetism, and superconductivity) is one of the central questions in the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. The discovery that similar forms of CO exist in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates opened a path to determine what subset of the CO phenomenology is universal to all the cuprates. We use resonant x-ray scattering to measure the CO correlations in electron-doped cuprates (La2−xCexCuO4 and Nd2−xCexCuO4) and their relationship to antiferromagnetism, pseudogap, and superconductivity. Detailed measurements of Nd2−xCexCuO4 show that CO is present in the x = 0.059 to 0.166 range and that its doping-dependent wave vector is consistent with the separation between straight segments of the Fermi surface. The CO onset temperature is highest between x = 0.106 and 0.166 but decreases at lower doping levels, indicating that it is not tied to the appearance of antiferromagnetic correlations or thepseudogap. Near optimal doping, where the CO wave vector is also consistent with a previously observed phononanomaly, measurements of the CO below and above the superconducting transition temperature, or in a magneticfield, show that the COis insensitive to superconductivity.Overall, these findings indicate that, although verified in theelectron-doped cuprates, material-dependent details determine whether the CO correlations acquire sufficientstrength to compete for the ground state of the cuprates.

  • Nematicity in stripe-ordered cuprates probed via resonant x-ray scattering Image

    Research Highlight: Nematicity in stripe-ordered cuprates probed via resonant x-ray scattering

    Posted on February 09, 2016
    Disentangling intertwined orders In copper oxide superconductors, several types of order compete for supremacy. In addition to superconductivity, researchers have found periodic patterns in charge density (CDW order), as well as an asymmetry in the electronic density within the unit cell of some cuprates (nematicity). CDW order has been detected in the underdoped regime of all major cuprate families, but the ubiquity of nematicity is less clear. Achkar et al. used resonant x-ray scattering to find that, in the copper oxide planes of three lanthanum-based cuprates, nematicity has a temperature dependence distinct from that of a related structural distortion. This implies that there are additional, electronic mechanisms for nematicity.

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    Research Highlight: Symmetry of charge order in cuprates

    Posted on May 25, 2015
    Which one is the prominent character of density wave order? Charge-ordered ground states permeate the phenomenology of 3d-based transition metal oxides, and more generally represent a distinctive hallmark of strongly correlated states of matter. The recent discovery of charge order in various cuprate families has fuelled new interest into the role played by this incipient broken symmetry within the complex phase diagram of high-Tc superconductors. Here, we use resonant X-ray scattering to resolve the main characteristics of the charge-modulated state in two cuprate families: Bi2Sr2−xLaxCuO6+δ (Bi2201) and YBa2Cu3O6+y (YBCO). We detect no signatures of spatial modulations along the nodal direction in Bi2201, thus clarifying the inter-unit-cell momentum structure of charge order. We also resolve the intra-unit-cell symmetry of the charge-ordered state, which is revealed to be best represented by a bond order with modulated charges on the O-2p orbitals and a prominent d-wave character. These results provide insights into the origin and microscopic description of charge order in cuprates, and its interplay with superconductivity.

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    News: The Call for General User Proposals for next cycle was closed

    Posted on March 31, 2015
        The Call for General User Proposal for January - June 2017 (Cycle 25) was closed. The deadline for proposal submission was Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - NOON (CST).