Roger Falcone

Roger Falcone


Roger Falcone, UC Berkeley
Office: 301G LeConte
Main: (510) 486-6692
Other: (510) 642-8916

Research Area(s): Atomic, Molecular and Optical PhysicsPlasma And NonLinear Dynamics


Roger Falcone has been a Physics professor at Berkeley since 1983, and chaired the Department from 1995-2000. He is an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group and Applied Science and Technology Program, and has been the director of the Advanced Light Source x-ray synchrotron facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab since 2006. Falcone received his A.B. in Physics (1974) from Princeton, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1979) from Stanford, and was a Marvin Chodorow Fellow in Applied Physics (1980-83) at Stanford. He chairs the Advisory Board for Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland; is director of the UC Institute for Materials Dynamics at Extreme Conditions; advises the nation’s national security laboratories; and is incoming Vice-President of the American Physical Society (2016). Falcone chairs the faculty advisory committee for the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley's public science center. Falcone is a Fellow of APS, OSA, and AAAS. 

Research Interests

Falcone's research primarily involves the interaction of intense and short pulse light and x-rays with matter. He has co-authored over 150 publications in fields ranging from ultrafast science to plasma physics. He uses lasers to create and probe plasmas, to study dynamics in molecules and materials, and to compress matter to pressures near a billion atmospheres. His experiments range from those involving single students in university labs, to teams of scientists at large, national laboratory facilities, including the NIF fusion laser at LLNL, the ALS x-ray synchrotron at LBNL, and the LCLS x-ray laser at SLAC. 


(Some Recent Publications)

1. S. M. Vinko, et al, “Creation and diagnosis of a solid-density plasma with an X-ray free-electron laser,” Nature 482, 59-62 (2012)

2. L. B. Fletcher, et al, “X-ray Thomson scattering measurements of temperature and density from multi-shocked CH capsules,” Phys. Plasmas 20, 056316 (2013)

3. A.L. Kritcher, et al, “Probing matter at Gbar pressures at the NIF,” High Energy Density Phys. 10, 27 (2014)

4. T. Döppner, et al, “Qualification of a high-efficiency, gated spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering on the National Ignition Facility,” Rev. Sci. Inst. 85, 11D617 (2014)

5. L. B. Fletcher, et al, “Exploring Mbar shock conditions and isochorically heated aluminum at the Matter in Extreme Conditions end station of the Linac Coherent Light Source,” Rev. Sci. Inst. 85, 11E702 (2014)

6. L. B. Fletcher, et al, “Observations of Continuum Depression in Warm Dense Matter with X-Ray Thomson Scattering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 145004 (2014)

7. D. Kraus, et al, “X-ray continuum emission spectroscopy from hot dense matter at Gbar pressures,” Rev. Sci. Inst. 85, 11D606 (2014)

8. D. Kraus, et al, “The complex ion structure of warm dense carbon measured by spectrally resolved x- ray scattering,” Phys. Plasmas 22, 056307 (2015)

9. L. B. Fletcher, et al, “Ultrabright X-ray laser scattering for dynamic warm dense matter physics,” Nature Photonics; doi:10.1038/nphoton.2015.41 (2015)

10. D.A. Chapman, et al, “Observation of finite-wavelength screening in high-energy-density matter,” Nature Communications, 6:6839, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7839 (2015)