Scientific Potential of Free Electron Lasers

Apr 28.

Scientific Potential of Free Electron Lasers

The aim of this meeting was to bring together UK scientists from across all relevant disciplines who have an interest in exploring the use of these extraordinary sources for the formation of the UKFEL Users Science Group.

Date
28/04/20102010-04-28
Location
Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK

XUV and X-ray Free Electron Lasers are set to revolutionize many areas of science. These unique sources of femtosecond X-rays have spectral brightnesses ten orders of magnitude greater than any synchrotron, and will have profound impact in biological imaging, structure determination, femtochemistry, condensed matter physics, and high energy density science. Recent results from both the FLASH XUV laser in Hamburg, and the hard X-ray laser (1.5Å) at LCLS at Stanford illustrate the enormous potential of these machines for significant step-changes in our ability to probe matter on atomic length and time-scales simultaneously.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together UK scientists from across all relevant disciplines who
have an interest in exploring the use of these extraordinary sources for the formation of the UK
FEL Users Science Group.

Agenda

9.45 - 10.15 Coffee
10.15 – 10.40 Introduction, and High Intensity XUV-Matter Interactions at FLASH: Professor Justin Wark, University of Oxford
10.40 – 11.00 An example of AMO Science at LCLS: Professor Jon Marangos, Imperial College
11.00 – 11.30 LCLS - Science on the World's First Hard X-ray Laser: Dr Bob Nagler, STFC/LCLS
11.30 – 12.00 Pump-probe deformation of nanocrystals: Professor Ian Robinson, UCL
12.00 – 12.30 Prospects for Biological Imaging with Free Elecron Lasers: Dame Professor Louise Johnson, FRS, Diamond/University of Oxford
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Science using FLASH and XFEL: Thomas Tschentscher, XFEL
14.15 – 15.00 X-Ray Diffraction from Nanocrystalline Proteins: Professor John Spence, University of Arizona
15.00 – 15.30 Breakout sessions: (i) Life Sciences – led by Louise Johnson and John Spence (ii) Physical Sciences - led by Jon Marangos and Justin Wark
15.30 -16.00 Tea
16.00 -16.45 Open discussion on way forward (Formation of UK FEL Users Group, Influencing Research Councils, The Way Forward…)
16.45 – 17.00 Summary and Closeout
17.00 Finish