Seminars & Events

MEC science with a Free Electron Laser

Eric Galtier
SLAC, National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

Most of our Universe is made of High Energy Density (HED) systems: Jovian planets, accretion disks, galactic jets, supernovæ. On Earth, the latest generation of lasers are now capable of producing these extreme state of matter, albeit on a short time and small spatial scales. As a consequence, despite being fundamental for our knowledge of a large variety of topics, matter in extreme conditions is very challenging to study.
The advent of the 4th generation of light sources, namely the Free Electron Lasers (FELs), allows new approaches of producing and diagnosing extreme state of matter. In 2009, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC was the first FEL to produce X-ray photons to be used by the user community. This unique type of X-ray source is powerfull and elegant to tackle the problem of the extreme state of matter. In combination with high intensity/high power lasers, like at MEC, it offers a unique environment to create high energy density systems, like Warm Dense Matter or laser wakefield acceleration/proton beams.
In this talk, we will present an overview of the LCLS performances and more specifically, the Matter in Extreme Conditions hutch capabilities. We will cover the current state of the end-station, future upgrades, and show some selected scientific highlights of its first three years of operation.
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