New Light Source Project
aiming for unique studies of microscopic motions in matter of all kinds

Condensed Matter Workshop
21st May 2008 - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot.

The New Light Source (NLS) Workshop on Condensed Matter Physics will be held in the Pickavance Lecture Theatre at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 21st May, 2008, commencing at 10.00 am, and finishing before 6.00 pm. The aim of the workshop is to bring together members of the condensed matter physics, chemistry and materials science communities, to discuss and help define the key science drivers for the NLS.

The NLS will be a 4th generation source, producing ultrashort pulses of soft and hard X-ray regions, with linear or elliptical polarization. Pulse durations will be of few tens of femtoseconds, possibly extending to the sub-femtosecond region and opening up new studies of dynamic processes within solid state systems. The source will have transverse possibly longitudinal coherence, opening up new avenues in dynamic imaging, speckle and fluctuation spectroscopies. Generation of THz radiation of unprecedented intensity will also be possible opening up new avenues to control and interrogate condensed matter.

Other possibilities will include ultrashort pulses of well conditioned electron beam at intermediate energies (few MeV or lower), which may allow for new ultrafast imaging and electron spectroscopy experiments.

Many other directions, not envisaged up to now, will be defined by the scientific community, and we urge you to participate and help us define the specifications of this new machine, which will define an important section of scientific research in the UK in the coming decades.


09:30Registration and coffee
Andrea Cavalleri
10:15Elementary excitations in correlated electron systems probed at the time-frequency uncertainty limit
Hermann Duerr (DESY)
10:45presentation Femtosecond opto-magnetism
Alexei Kimel (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
11:15Bright light and high magnetic fields
Paul Goddard (University of Oxford)
11:45presentationTime and spin resolved ARPES from solids - a very challenging opportunity to study the dynamics of the Fermi surface in strongly correlated materials
Fulvio Parmigiani (Fermi@Elettra)
13:45Title to be confirmed
Klaus Sokolowski-Tinten (Duisburg)
14:15New THz/VUV pump probe beamline at FLASH: challenges and opportunities
Michael Gensch (DESY)
14:45Title to be confirmed
Andrey Kaplan (University of Birmingham)
15:35presentationVUV photoemission from solids: fast and slow
Phil Woodruff (University of Warwick)
16:05Nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy of electronic materials
Bruce Hamilton (University of Manchester)
17:35Close of meeting