Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: Illuminating The Atomic World: The X-ray Free Electron Laser At SLAC    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 04/08/2013
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Persis Drell
Affiliation: Professor of Physics, Stanford
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is the world’s brightest source of hard X-ray laser light. Not only is this light a billion times brighter than any previous hard X-ray source, it also comes in strobe-like pulses just a few tens of femptoseconds long. This combination of high intensity and ultrafast pulses allows us to study processes at atomic time scales and atomic length scales. I will focus on the conception, construction, and start up of the LCLS, as well as some of the first experimental results, with a view to the new frontier of science that this remarkable tool has opened.