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  • De-Mystifying the Lightsource Experience (with afternoon focus on soft x-ray science) - Sarah Hayes, Sam Webb (Panofsky)
    This special introductory workshop on Wednesday, October 3 is designed to engage new scientists or provide a foundation for existing users to consider adding new techniques to their research toolkit. Register to learn about new capabilities (EXAFS; scattering; protein crystallography; imaging; lensless coherent imaging; RIXS, XES, PES; time resolution/low alpha mode; ultrafast and ultrashort capabilities); how experiments are performed; applications and examples of research experiments; why scientists use the technique and what makes it novel and exciting.

  • Opportunities for Nanoscale Spectromicroscopy – Hard and Soft X-Ray Imaging - Joy Hayter, Hendrik Ohldag (ROB A/B)

  • The ability to obtain element specific spectroscopic information from nano-sized objects using high resolution x-ray microscopes has become one of the most popular applications of synchrotron facilities. Modern x-ray microscopes and x-ray beamlines provide the stability and reproducibility that is required to detect small changes in elemental distribution or electronic structure. This allows researchers from a wide variety of fields to understand chemical and electronic processes that occur e.g. in real battery, catalytic, electronic or magnetic devices. SSRL currently hosts two microscopes that are able to address such phenomena, the hard x-ray transmission microscope at Beam Line 6-2 and the soft x-ray scanning transmission microscope at Beam Line 13-1. The goal of this workshop is to give current users of these facilities an opportunity to present their research, propose future experiments, and to discuss the current status and capabilities of the facility to determine the needs for future development

  • Science with High Energy X-rays – Apurva Mehta, Wendy Mao (ROB A/B)

  • Toward Controlled Excitations: Ultrafast Mechanisms of Lattice and Electron Dynamics – Bill Schlotter, Jan Lüning (Kavli)
    Magnetism, superconductivity, colossal magneto resistance result from complex correlations between electrons in crystalline solids. Understanding how to control these material properties requires an understanding of how angular momentum and energy flow between the crystalline lattice and the electronic system. LCLS offers the unique ability to probe both the electronic system of the materials with soft x-rays at SXR and investigate the lattice dynamics with hard x-rays at XPP on time scales that are relevant to both. This workshop will highlight systems with both of these aspects.

  • Opportunities with Synchrotron Radiation at the Mesoscale– John Bargar, Gordon Brown (Panofsky)
    In February 2012, the DOE Office of Science charged the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee with preparing a report on mesoscale science. The resulting report entitled From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Scienceis available on the DOE BES reports website. To engage the user community in this exciting new research direction, a workshop focusing on these opportunities will be held at the upcoming SSRL/LCLS joint Annual Users' Meeting, October 3-6 at SLAC. The workshop will begin at 1:45 pm on Friday (Oct. 5) and will continue until 1 pm on Saturday (Oct. 6). A slate of national leaders in this field will make presentations on mesoscale science in a range of disciplines, including chemistry, materials science, biology, and the earth sciences focusing on applications of synchrotron radiation to mesoscale science. Accepted speakers include, Sally Benson (Stanford), Carolyn Larabell (LBNL), Kate Maher (Stanford), Piero Pianetta (SLAC, SSRL), and Tony Rollett (Carnegie Mellon).

    Mesoscale science is where the quantum and the classical regimes meet and the real world of materials resides. The SSRL workshop will assess the opportunities and directions for mesoscale science, which span synthesis, characterization, and simulation of mesoscale materials, phenomena, and functionality. The workshop will focus on the six main research areas comprising the BESAC Report:

    • Mastering Defect Mesostructure and its Evolution
    • Regulating Coupled Reactions and Pathway-Dependent Chemical Processes
    • Optimizing Transport and Response Properties by Design and Control of Mesoscale Structure
    • Elucidating Non-equilibrium and Many-Body Physics of Electrons
    • Harnessing Fluctuations, Dynamics and Degradation for Control of Metastable Mesoscale Systems
    • Directing Assembly of Hierarchical Functional Material

    Biological systems, which embody many aspects of mescoscale systems and offer lessons in molecular assembly and system functionality, will also be discussed. In order to realize the mesoscale research opportunities in these areas, new capabilities to synthesize, characterize, and model materials on the mesoscale will be needed. SSRL is poised to take advantage of these opportunities with our emphasis on the development of tools for multi-scale, multi-model imaging and time-resolved and in-situ measurements, as well as the integration of theory, synthesis, characterization, and testing.

    Dr. George Crabtree (Argonne National Laboratory and University of Illinois at Chicago), who co-chaired the BESAC Mesoscale Subcommittee, will give one of the keynote talks on mesoscale science at the Users' Meeting.

    Please plan on joining our speakers in this workshop to discuss promising mesoscale science research directions.

  • LCLS-II Instrument Workshop – Jerry Hastings, Phil Heimann (Redwood Rooms)
    The LCLS II project is on track to deliver new x-ray capabilities in 2018 following a successful CD-2 review on August 21-23, 2012. This is the start and not the end. As with LCLS a separate project will provide the bulk of the new instruments. This LCLS-II Instrument Workshop will follow up on the March LCLS II New Instruments Workshops and provide an opportunity for discussing the design concepts for the LCLS-II x-ray instruments. The success of the LCLS-II depends on user input even at this stage as we begin the process of developing detailed specifications for the instrument suite. The morning will have instrument specific science talks. In the afternoon, there will be parallel breakout sessions to begin focused discussions on the Nanocrystal X-ray Diffraction Instrument, the Soft X-ray Suite and the general purpose Hard X-Ray instrument respectively.  

  • Translating Your Science for the Public – Farnaz Khadem (ROB C/D)
    Practical tips for scientists to use when communicating science to the general public. Learn how to hone your skills, develop ‘elevator talks’ and deliver key messages about science and why it is important.