Lonny Berman


Lonny is currently a member of the Project Management Group of NSLS-II, in large measure looking after the genesis of new NSLS-II beamlines to be built, and is also a co-investigator in the LSBR P41 Center at NSLS-II.

Previously he was the Manager of the ABBIX (Advanced Beamlines Biological Investigations with X-rays) Project, funded by NIH, which focused on construction of three undulator-based beamlines for structural biology at NSLS-II and which completed in 2017.

Since joining NSLS in 1987, Lonny designed, constructed or upgraded, and operated synchrotron radiation beamlines at NSLS, and more recently has designed beamlines for NSLS-II. He developed optics and related instrumentation for these beamlines and for the benefit of others. He also investigated and made possible novel aspects and uses for synchrotron x-ray diffraction and photoemission.

Lonny was the Spokesperson for the NSLS insertion device beamline X25 from its inception, from which he stepped down in 2010. He was also a Co-PI of the PXRR -- A Resource for Macromolecular Crystallography at the NSLS, which was sponsored by NIH and DOE BER and was in effect from 1998 through 2014.

In recent years Lonny assumed more management responsibilities, beginning in 2007 as a group leader at NSLS, later as a group leader and interim associate division director in the BNL Photon Sciences Directorate, and most recently as Project Manager of ABBIX which came to a close in 2017.

Professional Activities

Phone: 344-5333
Email: berman@bnl.gov


  • Ph.D. 1988: Applied Physics, Cornell University
  • M.S. 1983: Applied Physics, Cornell University
  • B.S. 1981: Physics, Cornell University


Key Publications

  • L Berman, M Allaire, M Chance, W Hendrickson, A Heroux, J Jakoncic, Q Liu, A Orville, H Robinson, et al., Optics Concept for a Pair of Undulator Beamlines for MX, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 649(1), 131-135 (2011).
  • J Ablett, L Berman, Spectral Measurements and Synchrotron Radiation Calculation Comparisons of the New X25 Mini-Gap Undulator, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 582, 37-39 (2007).
  • J Woicik, E Nelson, I Kronik, M Jain, I Chelikowsky, D Heskett, L Berman, G Herman, Hybridization and bond-orbital components in site-specific x-ray photoelectron spectra of rutile tio2, Phys. Rev. Lett., 89(7), 077401 (2002).
  • L Berman, Z Yin, Q Shen, K Finkelstein, P Doing, G Pan, Characterization Of A Diamond Crystal X-Ray Phase Retarder, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 73(3), 1502-1504 (2002).
  • D Heskett, L Berman, X-ray Standing Wave Investigation of (1x2)Rb/Cu(110), Phys. Rev. B: Condens. Matter, 61(12), 8450-8454 (2000).

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