ASU CXFEL Science Workshops

Workshops on Scientific Opportunities with the Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (CXFEL)

The Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (CXFEL) Science Workshops are being held throughout 2018 and 2019 to explore the scientific opportunities enabled by the novel x-ray laser under development at ASU as well as the first generation compact X-ray light source (CXLS) currently under construction.  These workshops will address a wide range of topics, beginning with attosecond molecular dynamics and continuing through femtosecond crystallography in biology, quantum materials, bioimaging, and the dynamics and chemistry of biomaterials.

CXFEL and CXLS will be housed in new state-of-the-art labs under construction on the ASU campus that can support up to 4 independent CXFELs, each capable of fully coherent, tunable x-ray pulses and optimized for addressing specific scientific challenges.

Upcoming Workshops:

A very special thank you for funding provided by the following:  Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM), ASU-Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, ASU-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU-Department of Physics, ASU-School of Molecular Sciences  

Future Workshops

CXFEL Workshop #4: Matter in extreme environments

Date TBD

This workshop will explore extreme energy densities, ultrahigh temperatures and pressures that create exotic states of matter.  The CXFEL will investigate the nonequilibrium dynamics underlying phase transitions and replicate the conditions found in the interior of planets and stars. 


CXFEL Workshop #5: Time Resolved Experiments for Biomaterials

Date TBD

This workshop will explore tracking the time-evolution of protein dynamics, and the processes which trigger chemical biological reactions, at high spatial resolution and with sub-picosecond time resolution. Imaging the earliest stages of molecular reactions by pump-probe time-resolved diffraction and spectroscopy will allow for understanding and controlling the molecular components within biomaterials that drive biomaterial synthesis. 


Past Workshops:

CXFEL Workshop #3:  Light on the Quantum Leap: XFEL Applications for Quantum Materials

Arizona State University, Tempe campus 
Jan 16-19, 2019


This workshop will explore non-equilibrium phenomena with interacting spin, charge, and lattice degrees of freedom including emergent phenomena in quantum materials.  Extremely sensitive time-resolved methods at CXFEL will take advantage of multiple color pulses with variable attosecond to femtosecond delays.

X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) are extremely bright light sources with sub-femtosecond time resolution and high spatial resolution using a sub-micron coherent beam. While XFELs have proven powerful tools for molecular dynamics, biology and chemistry applications, results in condensed matter physics have been limited. This is not due to fundamental or technical limitations, but to insufficient beam time - the current few machines available worldwide are heavily oversubscribed. Arizona State University is in the process of building a Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (CXFEL), which will address this problem and offer new and unique capabilities, such as unprecedented temporal coherence and the ability to tailor the time structure of the beam at will using custom semiconductor masks. This workshop will bring together leading experts on quantum materials and artificial quantum coherent structures to explore the scientific opportunities afforded by the new machine.

Please Apply to Attend by November 30, 2018 - Registration is now closed.  Please contact Deanna Clark for questions.

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CXFEL Workshop #2:  Research opportunities for structure and dynamics in biology

Arizona State University, Tempe campus April 6-8, 2018

This workshop will focus on research opportunities for the ASU compact X-ray laser (CXFEL) now under construction, for applications in structural biology.  These may include time-resolved studies (with femtosecond time resolution) of molecular mechanisms in many systems, including drug design, enzymes, photosynthesis and other molecular machines.  We welcome ideas for best use of the unique capabilities of the machine including the ability to tailor the  time and energy structure of the X-ray pulses.  Sessions on instrumentation development will also be supported.

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CXFEL Workshop #1:  Attosecond electron dynamics to chemical physics 

Arizona State University, Tempe campus
February 5-6, 2018

This workshop will focus on investigations of electron dynamics at the attosecond (a millionth of a trillionth of a second) timescale, leading to new insights into the charge transfer, structural dynamics, and energy redistribution mechanisms in complex systems relevant to light harvesting and energy conversion. 

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