Centre for Particle Theory Colloquia: From synchrotrons to free electron lasers - a user's guide
21 October 2008 16:15 in CLC 202
X-rays, having a wavelength comparable to the spacing of atoms in solids and liquids, are a natural probe of condensed matter. Laboratory x-ray sources have been available for over a century but have been largely superseded by synchrotron radiation sources in the last twenty years. Now a new revolution is upon us with the advent of x-ray free electron lasers. These new linear accelerators promise billion-fold gains in source brilliance and the opportunity to study femtosecond dynamics. How do x-ray lasers work, what will be the first experiments, and what new science is likely to emerge?
Coffee and biscuits at 15:30 in CM 211 (Maths Coffee Room).