Program (click on event below for program details; link to SLAC meeting room map):


  Tuesday, October 6 & Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Joint ALS/LCLS/SSRL Workshop

 Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Parallel Workshops (and SUSB Dedication/Tours/Refreshments 2:30-4 pm on SUSB 2nd Floor Cafe Patio)

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Plenary, Poster Session, Exhibits, Reception (Building 053 SUSB Auditorium, Trinity A/B, Patio)

 Friday, October 9, 2015  Parallel Workshops

Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award (Friday, October 9th 5:30-7 pm - ROB Patio)

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Science Opportunities at SLAC in the Tender X-ray Range (2-5 keV) (Quadrus Conference Center)

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Satellite Event:  Celebrating Artie Bienenstock (Quadrus Conference Center) separate registration required



Workshop Summaries & Programs:


Hybrid Methods for Integrative Structural Biology (Joint SSRL/LCLS/ALS Workshop, Contacts: Henry van den Bedem, Aina Cohen, Mark Hunter, Soichi Wakatsuki, Corie Ralston, Sayan Gupta, Jen Bohon)(1-1/2 day workshop: Tuesday, Oct. 6 1/2 day at ALS, Berkeley; Wednesday, Oct. 7 at SLAC Builidng 040, Sycamore Conference Room, Menlo Park, CA)

  • Macromolecules adopt a conformational ensemble of interchanging structural substates to perform their function or interact with partners. The vast majority of the more than 100,000 protein and RNA structures in the Protein Data Bank have been determined with protein crystallography. However, protein or RNA structure alone is often not sufficient to characterize molecular mechanisms or function. To fully understand biological processes, it will be imperative to characterize their dynamics, interactions, their hierarchy in complexes, and their cellular distributions. In this joint ALS-SSRL workshop, we will focus on how synergistic combinations of X-ray diffraction, scattering, coherent imaging, electron microscopy, spectroscopy, X-ray footprinting, and NMR together with computational simulations can reveal a structural basis for conformational dynamics across the multiple scales in time and length.
  • Additional training session on how to use the UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy system at SSRL BL11-1 on October 7th. SSRL's Structural Molecular Biology group has installed a single crystal UV-Vis Absorption Micro-spectrophotometers as part of the standard equipment on Beam Lines 9-2 and 11-1. The microspectrophotometer is useful to verify the oxidation state of metalloenzymes and to monitor the effects of radiation exposure during diffraction data collection.  It is compatible with sample mounting and dismounting with the SAM robot and can be operated remotely.  During this 1 hour hands-on training session, participants will learn how to use this system and supporting software at BL11-1 with test crystals. The training session will occur on October 7th during the afternoon break (in parallel with the SLAC SUSB dedication & tour). Advance registration is required -- Contact Lisa Dunn for details.
  • Tentative Program:
  • DAY 1 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 - 12:45-7:30 pm at the ALS/LBNL, Berkeley, CA
    6:30 am  Bus leaves from SLAC SUSB Building 053. Contact ALS or SSRL/LCLS Users Office for SLAC/LBNL shuttle bus details.
    New Technologies:  Fluctuation X-ray Scattering, Electron Microscopy, Second Harmonic Generation - Part I
    1:00-1:30 Mark Chance, Case Western Reserve University - New opportunities in xray footprinting
    1:30-2:00 Tomas Ekeberg, Uppsala University 
    2:00-2:30 Josh Salafsky, Biodesy, South San Francisco 
    2:30-3:00 Coffee Break
    Hybrid Methods - Integrating Data from Different Experimental Techniques
    3:00-3:30  Cheryl Kerfeld, University of Michigan - Elucidation of the Structural Basis of the Activation of Photoprotection in Cyanobacteria Using A Hybrid Method Approach 
    3:30-4:00 Andrej Sali, UCSF - Integrative Structural Biology
    4:00-4:30 Todd Yeates, UCLA
    4:30-5:00 Richard Neutze, Gothenburg University

    5:00 ALS Awards Banquet - Register

    7:30 pm Bus leaves from LBNL. Contact ALS or SSRL/LCLS Users Office for SLAC/LBNL shuttle bus details
    DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 8:00 am-5:00 pm at SLAC Building 040 Sycamore Conference Room, Menlo Park, CA
    Contact ALS or SSRL/LCLS Users Office for bus transportaion details
    6:30 am  Bus leaves from LBNL. Contact ALS or SSRL/LCLS Users Office for SLAC/LBNL shuttle bus details.
    8:00-8:30 Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    Linking Structure and Dynamics - Part I
    8:30-9:00  Ruby Law, Monash University - Studies on plasminogen conformational change and activation using xray
    crystallography and small angle xray scattering
    9:00-9:30 Jose de Perada, Univ. Salamanca - Analysis of multidomain structures combining Xray crystallography, double electronelectron resonance, and small angle Xray scattering
    9:30-9:45 Merritt Maduke, Stanford University -  A multi methodological approach uncovers a previously undetected conformational change in CLC Cl-/H+ antiporters
    9:45-9:30  AJ Venkatakrishnan, Stanford University -  Mechanistic insights into activation of G protein-coupled receptors
    10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
    Linking Structure and Dynamics - Part II
    10:30-11:00  James Fraser, UCSF - Some like it hot: Protein Ensembles from Xray Crystallography  
    11:00-11:30 Chun Tang, HHMI/Chinese Academy of Sciences - Visualizing macromolecular dynamics using solution based techniques
    11:30-12:00 Scott Horowitz, HHMI/Univ. Michigan - Using Residual Electron and Anomalous Density (READ) to Examine Heterogeneous and Dynamic Protein Complexes
    12:00-1:15 Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    Hybrid Methods at LCLS/LCLS II
    1:15-1:45 Junko Yano, LBNL
    1:45-2:15 Bob Schoenlein, LCLS - LCLSII instrumentation and science opportunities -- Discussion
    2:15 Break - See parallel options below:

    2:30 SSRL UV-Vis Microspectrometer Demonstration/Workshop (Instructors:  Vivian Stojanoff, Elena Kovaleva, Aina Cohen)

     Advance registration is required -- Contact Lisa Dunn for details. 

    2:30 SUSB Dedication/Tour/Refreshments on SUSB 2nd Floor Patio
    New Technologies:  Fluctuation X-ray Scattering, Electron Microscopy, Second Harmonic Generation - Part II
    4:00-4:30 Peter Zwart, LBNL
    4:30-5:00 Georgios Skiniotis, Univ. Michigan
    5:00 pm Bus leaves from SLAC SUSB Building 053. Contact ALS or SSRL/LCLS Users Office for SLAC/LBNL shuttle bus details.




Beyond SASE at the LCLS & LCLS-II  (Contact:  Agostino Marinelli) (AM - SLAC Buiding 048 ROB A/B Conference Rooms)

  • In recent years, numerous novel FEL operating modes beyond single-pulse SASE have been developed and delivered at the LCLS for a variety of applications. These include both hard and soft x-ray self-seeding for narrow bandwidth applications, beam sharing, sub-ten fs pulses, polarization control, and two-pulse x-ray modes over a range of time-energy separations. In this 1/2 day workshop (planned for Wednesday morning), the parameters, performance to date, trade-offs, and key diagnostics for each will be presented for the consideration of the scientific user community. Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes for discussion. Workshop dialog will focus on Q&A, identifying additional applications, user feedback, and the discussion of future improvements. Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Tentative Program/Invited Speakers (1/2 Day Workshop):
  • 8:00 am Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby

    8:30 am

    Tim Maxwell, SLAC - Short Pulse and XTCAV Operations

    9:00 am

    Ago Marinelli, SLAC - Multicolor-Multipulse Operation

    9:30 am

    Alberto Lutman, SLAC - Hard X-Ray Self-seeding and Two Color Self-Seeding

    10:00 am

    Coffee Break

    10:30 am

    Dan Ratner, SLAC - Soft-X-Ray Self-seeding

    11:00 am

    James MacArthur, SLAC - Polarization Control

    11:30 am

    Ken Ferguson, SLAC - Experience With Advanced FEL Modes at LCLS

    12:00 pm

    Adjourn (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)





Applications of Ptychography  (1/2 day workshop. Contact:  Johanna Nelson Weker, SLAC/SSRL)  (PM - Building 048, ROB Conference Rooms A/B)

  • Ptychography is a scanning, coherent X-ray microscopy technique that allows the imaging of extended samples at resolutions better than the focusing power of current X-ray lenses. Significantly more information can be obtained with similar dose since both phase and absorption images of the sample are recovered. As ptychography continues to break current resolution limits of X-ray microscopy, its benefits are beginning to make themselves known to the broader synchrotron user community. This 1/2 day workshop on the afternonn will focus on emerging, practical applications of ptychography in both materials science and biology. Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Tentative Program:

8 AM-1 PM Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby

11:45 AM Lunch (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)

1:00 PM  Johanna Nelson Weker, SLAC SSRL - Introduction

1:05 PM  Junjing Deng, Northwestern University - Simultaneous Cryo X-ray Ptychography and Fluorescence Microscopy of Biological Samples

1:35 PM  Yiyang Li, Stanford University - In situ soft X-ray spectromicroscopy and ptychography of LiFePO4 in an electrochemical liquid cell

2:05 PM  Anna Wise, SLAC SSRL - Applications of ptychography to energy-related research

2:35 PM  Maryam Farmand, LBNL - Soft X-ray Ptychography Studies of Nano-Materials at the Advanced Light Source

3:05 PM Coffee Break & Group Photo

3:30 PM  Hoydoo You, ANL Materials Science Division - Coherent X-ray Surface Scattering Studies for Imaging and Dynamics of Interfaces

4:00 PM  Paul Fuoss, ANL Materials Science Division - Imaging of Semiconductor Processing and Operation with Coherent X-Rays: Progress and Prospects

4:30 PM  Dennis Pruzan, University of Utah - Transmission X-Ray Microscopy: A Study of Compositional Fluctuations in Cu2ZnSnSe4 Thin-Films Using 3-Dimensional Tomography

5:00 PM Discussion/Adjourn



Characterization of Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics Using X-rays (Contacts: Hendrik Ohldag (SSRL), Frederick Casper (University Mainz) (SLAC Buiding 048 ROB C/D Conference Rooms)

  • This workshop is organized in collaboration with SpinNet, a Spintronics Network and Exchange Programm by the Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany), Stanford University, Tohoku University and IBM Research Center Almaden.  The field of ultrafast magnetization dynamics developed rapidly over the past decade, because of its fundamental as well as technological relevance. Classic experimental characterization tools often rely on the detection of electric transport or optical reflection properties.  While these approaches are highly compatible with the time scales of interest, they also include some inherent limitations that can be overcome by x-ray based techniques that provide nanometer spatial resolution, element specificity and are able to probe buried nanostructures. The purpose of the workshop is to review the current state of the art of the field using either conventional synchrotron or free electron laser source. Several representatives from SpinNet will participate in the workshop and in the SpinNet exhibit, including Hans-Joachim Elmers, Martin Jourdan, Robert Reeve, Gerd Schönhense, Mathias Kläui, and Pedram Bassarian. Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Tentative Program:

  • 8:00-9:00 am Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    Session 1 (9:00 am – 10:15 am)
    Robert Reeve, U. Mainz, Germany -  Synchronous domain wall motion in ferromagnetic nanowires achieved via out-of-plane field pulses  
    Stefano Bonetti, U. Stockholm, Sweden -  Time-resolved x-ray imaging of spin dynamics at the nanoscale  
    Session 2 (10:30 am – 11:45 am)
    Mathias Kläui, U. Mainz, Germany - Magnetization manipulation by spin-orbit effects probed by x-ray microscopy  
    Hermann Duerr, SLAC  
    Lunch (11:45 am – 12:45 pm) (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    Session 3 (12:45 pm to 2:20 pm)
    Gerd Schönhense, U. Mainz, Germany -  Fast 3D spinfiltered bandmapping using ToF k-microscopy  
    Hans-Joachim Elmers, U. Mainz, Germany - Optically induced ultrafast dynamics Heusler alloys probed by femtosecond X-ray in reflection geometry  

    2:20 pm -3:45 pm Break (SUSB Dedication Event on SUSB 2nd Floor Patio)


    Session 4 (3:45 pm to 5:45 pm)

    Peter Fischer, LBNL, UCSC -  In-motion magnetic x-ray imaging of functional magnetic materials  
    Martin Jourdan, U. Mainz, Germany - 100% spin polarized surface resonance in the half metallic Heusler compound Co2MnSi  
    Bill Schlotter, SLAC - Possibilities for Ultrafast Magnetism at LCLS-II  
    Stuart Parkin, IBM Research Almaden - TBD  
    5:45 pm Adjourn  




Coupled Cycling of Biogeochemical Critical Elements and Contaminants (Contact: John Bargar) (Building 051, Kavli 3rd Floor Conference Room)

  • The cycling of biogeochemically important elements such as Fe, Mn, C, N, and S and contaminants (e.g., Hg, U, As) are tightly coupled in natural systems. Numerous efforts have been devoted to explore their interactions and to improve our understanding of the transformation and fate of these elements. This symposium focuses on current progress in understanding the interactions among these elements including, but not limited to, redox transformation, complexation, mineralization, adsorption/desorption, and transport in environmental systems. We specifically invite contributions that range from laboratory to field investigations and/or theoretical simulations. Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Tentative Program/Invited Speakers:
  • 7:30 am Registration (SUSB Lobby)
    8:50 am John Bargar (SLAC) - Welcome & Introductions
    9:00 am Peggy O'Day (UC Merced) - There's Something in the Air: Element speciation in atmospheric nanoparticles and implications for human health and biogeochemical cycling
    9:30 am Anh Pham (Carleton University) - Formation and dissolution of nanoscale mercuric sulfides: implications for microbial bioavailability and biotransformation

    10:00 am

    Rob Root (University of Arizona) - Coupling biogeochemical cycles and metal(loid) lability in sediments
    10:20 am BREAK and group photo
    10:40 am Amrita Bhattacharyya (LBNL) - Biogenic non-crystalline U(IV) revealed as major component in uranium ore genesis
    11:00 am Mark Conrad (LBNL) - N cycling isotope studies at the Rifle site 
    11:30 am Chris Francis (Stanford) - Linking Nitrogen-Cycling Microbial Communities to Physicochemical Gradients and Biogeochemical Activity
    12:00 pm Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    1:00 pm Marco Keiluweit (Stanford) - Mapping carbon flow through soils
    1:20 pm Kristin Boye (Stanford) - Carbon Characteristics and Biogeochemical Processes of Uranium Accumulating Organic Matter Rich Sediments in the Upper Colorado River Basin
    1:40 pm Mike Schaefer (Stanford) - Soil carbon dynamics in the tropical mega-deltas of Asia
    2:10 pm Round Table Discussion

    2:30 - 4:00 pm 

    SUSB Dedication, 2:30-3:30 pm on SUSB 2nd Floor Cafe Patio followed by tours and refreshments 3:30-4:00 pm)


Time Resolved Studies with Femtosecond X-ray Pulses:  Towards Molecular Movies of Molecules at Work  (Contacta:  Petra Fromme, Markus Ilchen) (SLAC Buiding 051 Kavli Auditorium)

Static molecular structures have been studied with X-rays for decades but their reaction dynamics have become the subject of cutting edge science. In this regard, time resolved X-ray diffraction and emission studies at XFELs provide unique opportunities to study the structure, function and dynamics of chemical reactions, excited states and mechanism of light-driven reactions. The common interest spreads over biology, chemistry and atomic and molecular physics. The triggering of specific reactions can occur by additional X-ray pulses, lasers and even rapid target mixing. With X-ray pulses down to only few fs duration, as available at the LCLS, studies of such specifically triggered ultrafast chemical dynamics as well as “diffract before destroy” imaging experiments have led to breakthroughs in multi-disciplinary approaches. The workshop will focus on new technique developments for time resolved studies with FELs and will present exciting discoveries of snapshots of reactions made by time resolved emission and solution scattering studies as well as serial femtosecond crystallography studies. Wednesday, October 7, 2015  Invited speakers & Tentative Program (Talks are 25 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/discussions):

  • 7:30 am-8:00 am  Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    Session I - Petra Fromme, Session Chair
    8:00 am Petra Fromme (ASU) - Welcome/Introductions
    8:10 am Richard Neutze ( U Gothenburg) - Visualizing ultrafast structural changes in photosynthetic reaction centers with XFEL radiation
    8:40 am Anton Barty (DESY) - Resolution
    9:10 am Shibom Basu (ASU) - Time-resolved crystallography of Photosystem II using X-ray free electron lasers
    9:40 am Junko Yano (LBNL) - Water Oxidation Reaction in Natural Photosynthesis
    10:10 am Coffee Break
    10:30 am Marius Schmidt (U Wisconsin) - Time-resolved macromolecular (serial femtosecond) crystallography
    11:00 am Joerg Standfuss (PSI) - Serial crystallography of a light-driven proton pump using synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers
    11:30 am Shigeki Owada (RIKEN) - Beamline upgrade for ultrafast pump & probe experiments at SACLA
    12:00 pm Thomas Wolf (SLAC) - Investigating DNA base photoprotection with ultrafast NEXAFS spectroscopy
    12:20 pm Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    Session II - Markus Ilchen, Session Chair
    1:30 pm Ulf Saalmann - Dynamical coupling of electrons and ions in Xray-induced dynamics
    2:00 pm Zheng Li - Acetylene and Uracil - The coupled dynamics of electrons and nuclei
    2:30 pm Mike Minitti (SLAC) - The ultrasmall on the ultrafast:  Advancing molecular movies
    3:00 pm Daniel Rolles (KSU/DESY) - Imaging Isomerization, Dissociation, and Charge Transfer with Time-Resolved Coulomb Explosion Imaging and Femtosecond Photoelectron Diffraction
    3:30 pm Coffee Break (SUSB)
    4:00 pm Yuantao Ding (SLAC) - Time-resolved measurement of x-ray FELs with an X-band transverse deflector
    4:30 pm Ryan Coffee (SLAC) - Toward weaving structure and function together with FEL pulse shaping and optical molecular control
    5:00 pm  Andy Aquila & Timur Osipov (SLAC) - LCLS-II the next generation of beamlines
    5:30 pm  Markus Ilchen (SLAC) - Concluding Remarks
    5:45 pm Adjourn





New Discoveries in Biology with XFELS and Synchrotrons  (Contact:  Petra Fromme) (AM - Building 048, ROB Conference Rooms A/B)

  • Biomolecules are the building blocks of life and catalyze all reactions in living cells. The unraveling of their function is strongly linked to their structures. While more than 100,000 structures of proteins have been solved by X-ray crystallography, NMR and electron microscopy, most of the structures solved to date are from globular single domain soluble proteins. The structural discovery of complex proteins like large protein-complexes and membrane proteins still lack far behind, with less than 600 unique membrane protein structures solved to date. Recent advances and new techniques at synchrotron beamlines and the development of femtosecond crystallography at X-ray Free Electron Lasers pave the way for new discoveries of important protein complexes, which will have a huge impact in medicine and the field of energy conversion. At the workshop the speakers will present the techniques developed for data collection of difficult to crystallize proteins at synchrotron sources and XFELS and present exciting new structures of important protein complexes and membrane proteins. The workshop will also highlight the impact of the discoveries for the understanding of the function of the biomolecules. We will also discuss which new technology might be developed in the future to even further extend the range and complexity of protein structures that may be solved by a combination of techniques and X-ray sources. Friday, October 9, 2015 Invited speakers & Tentative Program (Talks are 25 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/discussions):
  • 7:30 am  Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    8:20 am  Petra Fromme, ASU - Welcome and Introductions
    8:30 am   Wei Liu, ASU - Femtosecond crystallography of membrane proteins in the lipidic cubic phase (LCP)
    9:00 am   Yuval Mazor, Tel Aviv University - The structure of plant PSI - LHCI complex, a membrane super-complex
    9:30 am   Robert Stroud, UCSF - How do we look at dynamic structural transitions in transmembrane transporters?
    10:10 am Coffee Break
    10:30 am  Jian-R Shen, Okayama U, and Chinese Academy of Sciences - Radiation damage-free structure of photosystem II and the mechanism of water-splitting
    11:00 am  Michael Hanson, GPCR network - Lipid Receptor Structural Biology
    11:30 am  Andrii Ishchenko, USC - Recent Discoveries in GPCR Biology using XFELs

    12:00 pm  Michael Sawaya, UCLA - Structure of a potent mosquito larvicide revealed by de novo phasing with an X-FEL source

    12:30 pm  Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)



Advances in High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy
  (Contact:  Dimosthenis Sokaras) (PM - Building 048, ROB Conference Rooms A/B)

  • Recent advances in x-ray spectrometer developments and the availability of powerful beamlines (and XFELs) can provide tools for electron structure characterization of materials using high resolution x-ray spectroscopies (XES, RIXS, X-ray Raman, HERDF, etc). The unique properties of these techniques (chemical sensitivity, high throughput, theoretical interpretations, etc.) combined with developments in sample environments boost the applicability in fields like energy materials,  chemistry or catalysis through novel in-situ studies as well as concepts based on the emerging ultrafast time-resolved capabilities. In this workshop, speakers will summarize the current state-of-the-art, introduce the technique and instrumental capabilities, present recent experiments from synchrotron facilities and LCLS, and discuss future applications & directions. Friday, October 9, 2015 Invited speakers & Tentative Program:
  • 8:00-11:30 AM Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    11:45-12:50 PM Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    12:50-1:00 PM Dimosthenis Sokaras (SLAC) - Welcome & Introductions
    1:00-1:30 PM Diego Casa (ANL) - Resonant Inelastic Scattering (RIXS) at APS 27-ID
    1:30-2:00 PM Matjaz Kavcic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering on atoms and simple molecules in the tender x-ray regime
    2:00-2:30 PM Tsu-Chien Weng (HPStar, Shanghai, China) - TBD
    2:30-3:00 PM Roberto Alonso Mori (SLAC) - Hard X-ray XES at XFELs: Challenges and Examples
    3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
    3:30-4:00 PM Hirohito Ogasawara (SLAC) - Soft x-ray spectroscopy to probe surface and interface chemistry
    4:00-4:30 PM  Ruimin Qiao (LBNL) - Soft x-ray spectroscopy for studying energy storage materials
    4:30-5:00 PM  Dennis Nordlund (SLAC) - Opportunities with Ultrasensitive Soft X-ray Detection
    5:00-5:30 PM  Robert Schoenlein (SLAC)  - LCLS-II Science Opportunities and Instrumentation for High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy
    5:30-6:00 PM  Discussion/Adjourn
    5:30-7:00 PM Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award (ROB Patio, 5:30-7 pm)





Attosecond FELs:  Capturing the Dynamics of Electrons in the Time Domain  (Contacts:   James Cryan, Ryan Coffee) (Building 053 SBUSB Auditorium)

  • Recent technological advances in ultrafast laser technology have made possible the observation of processes that occur on timescales of less than one optical cycle. These observations have lead to the development of the field of attosecond science. The very short time durations of these attosecond pulses require very large energy bandwidths. Today, X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) have quickly approached this regime. The attosecond time scale and corresponding broadband electronic coherences will elucidate the role of electronic coherence in a broad range of systems from the chemistry of small quantum systems to electronic interactions in surfaces and solids. This session will present not only the science drivers behind attosecond science, but also the technical route to get there. Friday, October 9, 2015 Invited speakers & Updated Program:
  • Time Title Speaker
    9:00-9:10 Welcome James Cryan and Ryan Coffee (SLAC)
    9:10-9:50 Technical Route to Attosecond Pulses at LCLS: The initial talks in the breakout session will concern the technical route to produce attosecond pulses at LCLS.
    9:10-9:30 Operation of short pulse modes at the present LCLS Yuantao Ding (SLAC)
    9:30-9:50 Future of short pulse modes at LCLS and LCLS-II Agostino Marinelli (SLAC)
    9:50-10:00 Break
    10:00-3:10 Science Drivers for Attosecond Dynamcis: This section will feature invited speakers who will discuss the science case behind the need for attosecond pulses from FELs.  
    10:00-10:50 Investigating ultrafast charge dynamics in organic molecules with XUV to Soft X-ray pump-probe experiments. Thomas Barillot (Imperial College)
    10:50-11:40 Attosecond Dynamics Adrian Cavalieri (CFEL)
    11:40-12:30 Time-resolved Pump­Probe Spectroscopy to Follow Valence Electronic Motion in Molecules:  Theory and Simulation Anthony Dutoi (Univ. of the Pacific)
    12:30-1:30 Lunch (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    1:30-2:20 Probing Attosecond Electron Dynamics in Solids by High-order X-ray Optical Mixing Shambhu Ghimire (SLAC)
    2:20-3:10 Attosecond Processes in Surface Dynamics Jerry LaRue (Chapman University)
    3:10-3:30 Break
    3:30-5:30 Contributed Session: We will allot time for roughly 5-7 presentations from attendees on ideas for attosecond dynamics which require FELs . Please contact James Cryan or Ryan Coffee if you would like to present something in this section. Presentations should be brief (a few slides) and we will accommodate as many as time permits.
    3:30-3:50 Angular Streaking: Towards an attoclock for FELs Nick Hartmann (SLAC)
    3:50-4:10 Ultrashort processes in solid density plasmas Gareth Williams (INST SUPERIOR TECNICO, PORTUGAL)
    4:10-4:30 Monitoring Long-range Electron Transfer Pathways in Proteins by Stimulate X-Ray Raman Spectroscopy Yu Zhang (UC Irvine)
    4:30-4:50   open
    4:50-5:10   open
    5:10-5:20 Discussion James Cryan and Ryan Coffee (SLAC)






LCLS Data Collection, Diagnostics, Analysis, Interpretation -- Moved from Wednesday. Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct, 9th (Contact:  Amedeo Perazzo, 1/2 day workshop ~8:30 am-12:00 pm) (Building 053 SUSB 2nd Floor Conference Room)

  • This will include a hands-on tutorial demonstrating new features of the data analysis: simpler data access with python, ability to parallelize analysis over hundreds of cores using MPI, and ability to run the same simpler code online and in parallel for realtime analysis of the full 120Hz LCLS shot-rate.  Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Recommended prerequisites for full participation:  a laptop computer with X11 graphics and "ssh" software installed (a free version for windows/mac is described here:

    You can use an existing LCLS computer account if you have one, but if you don't one will be provided.




Probing Structure and Dynamics of Quantum Materials via X-ray Scattering at LCLS  (Contact:  W. S. Lee (SIMES), Steve Johnson (ETH) & D. Zhu (LCLS) (Building 053 SUSB Trinity A/B - 1st Floor Breakout Rooms)

  • Quantum materials exhibit a variety of exotic phases, such as high temperature superconductivity, charge/spin ordering, unconventional spin texture, and topological orders, that bear little resemblance to expectations derived from the constituents of the compounds alone. Uncovering the microscopic mechanisms, which stabilize these phases, remains a grand challenge of modern condensed matter physics. The ultra-bright and ultrafast x-ray free electron laser (FEL) pulses at LCLS offer unique opportunities for probing the structure and dynamics in these material systems with femtosecond time resolution. In additional, it also enables the revelations of new material properties and phases in extreme yet transient sample environments, such as ultrahigh electric and magnetic fields. This workshop will showcase some recent LCLS experiments on quantum materials and provide the opportunity for current and prospective users to exchange experiences and discuss new ideas. This workshop will also serve as a forum to discuss possible emergent themes in quantum materials research and to brainstorm new experiments that can take advantage of the unique capabilities of LCLS and LCLS-II. Friday, October 9, 2015 Invited speakers & Tentative Program:
  • 8:00-9:00 Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    9:00-10:00 Introduction
    9:00 Welcome remarks - Wei-Sheng Lee (SLAC) and Steve Johnson (ETC Zurich)
    9:10 Soft x-ray current and upcoming capabilities - Georgi Dakovski (SLAC)
    9:25 Hard x-ray current and upcoming capabilities - Diling Zhu (SLAC)
    9:40 LCLS-II instrumentation and science opportunities - Bob Schoenlein (SLAC)
    10:10-10:30 Break
    10:30 – 12:30 Session I
    10:30 RIXS as a probe of elementary excitations in energy, momentum, and time - Brian Moriz (SLAC)
    11:00 Time-Stamping the Magnetic Correlations in Photo-Doped Mott Insulator Sr2IrO4 - Yue Cao (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
    11:30 Three-dimensional charge density wave order in YBa2Cu3O6. 67 at high magnetic fields - Hoyoung Jang (SLAC)
    12:00 An ultrafast x-ray view on light-induced superconductivity - Michael Foerst (CFEL)
    12:30 - 13:30  Lunch (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    13:30 -15:30 Session II
    13:30 Photo-induced coherent lattice dynamics in iron-based materials - Simon Gerber (SLAC)
    14:30 phonon spectroscopy via inelastic x-ray scattering in the time domain - Mariano Trigo (SLAC)
    14:00 Enhancement of charge ordering via control of the electron-phonon coupling - Andrej Singer (University of California, San Diego)
    14:30 Cooperative structural response to ultrafast melting of charge and orbital order in Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 - Paul Beaud (Paul Scherrer Institute)

    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break 

    16:00 – 17:30 Session III
    16:00 Electric field driven structural phase transitions in VO2 - Alex Gray (Temple University)
    16:30 Spatio-temporal imaging of nonequilibrium heterogeneities in correlated materials - Haidan Wen (Argonne National Laboratory, APS)
    17:00 Ultrafast dynamics of skyrmion lattices - Sujoy Roy (Lawrance Berkeley Laboratory)
    17:30  Discussion/Adjourn

    17:30  Friday, October 9, 2015 - Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award (ROB Patio, 5:30-7 pm)




Scientific Opportunities with PS-Pulses at SSRL  (Contact:  Hendrik Ohldag (SSRL), Jan Luening (UPMC), Bill Schlotter (LCLS) (Building 053 SUSB 3rd Floor Conference Room)

  • The possibility to inject selected ultrashort electron bunches of 1 ps or without disturbing the regular fill pattern of SSRL opens up the possibility to serve two otherwise orthogonal user communities at the same time. While current time resolved measurements often require a special operation mode of SSRL that is only available for a few days each year, it would then be possible to continuously perform such experiments throughout the year.  The purpose of this workshop is to identify scientific areas that will profit from such a mode of operation as well as to define a range of suitable source parameters, like photon flux and repetition rate.  The workshop will also aim to define new areas of synergy between SSRL and LCLS made possible by a new operation mode of SSRL. The program will feature speakers from various fields, like chemistry, condensed matter physics and life sciences. Friday, October 9, 2015 Tentative Program:
  • 8:00-9:00 am Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby  
    Session 1 (9:00 am-10:35 am):  
    Hendrik Ohldag, SLAC Welcome
    David Robin, LBNL Pseudo Single Bunch at the ALS
    Alexander Zholents, APS Obtaining sub-picosecond x-ray pulses using a time dependent orbit deflection
    Xiaobiao Huang, SLAC Short pulse upgrade options for SPEAR3
    Session 2 (10:50 am – 12:10 pm):  
    Jan Lüning, UPMC Coherent Imaging
    Thomas Silva, NIST Untangling the mysteries of magnon-electron coupling by use of extreme frequency spin-wave resonances
    Kenneth Goodson, SU Nanoscale thermal transport, energy conversion, and research frontiers with pulsed X rays
    Lunch (12:20 pm – 1:30 pm)  (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)  
    Session 3 (1:15 pm - 2:45 pm):  
    Trevor Wiley, LLNL

    Measurement of Carbon Condensates Using Small-angle X-ray Scattering During Detonation of High Explosives

    Matteo Cargnello, SU Well-defined nanocrystals as active catalysts and premier materials for spectroscopic studies of surface processes
    Vijay Pande, SU Fluid Dynamics
    Session 4: (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm):  
    Bill Schlotter, SLAC Possibilities for Ultrafast Magnetism at LCLS-II
    Gerd Schönhense, U. Mainz, Germany

    Momentum microscopy with time-of-flight analysis and spin filtering: 3D-mapping of k-space objects with ultimate efficiency

    ADJOURN -- Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award

    (ROB Patio, 5:30-7 pm)



LCLS Single Particle Imaging Initiative: Year One  (Contact: Andy Aquila) (Building 048, ROB Conference Rooms C/D)

  • The Single Particle Imaging (SPI) Initiative came out of a workshop held at LCLS in March 2014 and was further discussed with the broad community at the 2014 Users' Conference. The SPI Initiative was formed in January 2015, as an LCLS-led community-involved initiative. It was tasked with the goal of overcoming the technical challenges for reaching better and ultimately atomic resolution in single-particle imaging experiments at LCLS. Since its inception, the SPI Initiative has completed three LCLS beamtimes, and has more than 100 participating members from 21 institutions spanning 8 countries. The workshop will review the results/technical discoveries from each of the three SPI beamtimes and discuss how the field has progressed over this year. In addition, the workshop will discuss updates to the current SPI Roadmap, based on the results of the previous beamtime, as well as a discussion on the technical objectives of the SPI Initiative for the upcoming year. Friday, October 9, 2015 Tentative Program:
  • 8:00-8:30 AM Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby
    Session 1  
    8:30 AM Andrew Aquila, SLAC - The single particle imaging initiative: review of the first year and a look towards the future
    9:10 AM Richard Kirian, ASU -  Aerosol injectors: lessons learned and potential improvements
    9:50 AM Brenda Hogue, ASU -  Biology on the size scale from viruses to single molecules
    10:20 AM Coffee Break
    Session 2  
    10:40 AM Filipe Maia, Uppsala -  Single Particle Imaging: Past, Present and Future
    11:20 AM Veit Elser, Cornell -  SPI Data 2015: Where are we now and where do we need to go?
    12:00 PM Kartik Ayyer, DESY -  Some results from the data collected at the AMO beamtime: How small can we go?
    12:30 PM Lunch Break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)
    1:30-3:00 PM

    Discussion session on Roadmap and data analysis

    5:30-7:00 PM

    Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award (ROB Patio)

See also SLAC Today article: Global Team Seeks Individual X-ray Portraits of Active Viruses, Bacteria and Cell Components--Large Collaboration Has a Goal to Achieve Atomic-scale Views of Living Biology

The linac coherent light source single particle imaging road map, Struct. Dyn. 2, 041701 (2015).



Opportunities with LCLS II 



Thursday, October 8, 2015  Plenary Session - PROGRAM (Building 053 SUSB Auditorium, Exhibit Hall)


7:30 Registration in SUSB Lobby
8:30-11:45 Plenary Session I (SUSB Auditorium)
8:30 Introductions by Session Moderator - Eddie Snell (HWI, SSRL UEC Vice Chair)
8:35 Welcome from SLAC Director - Chi Chang Kao
8:45 Welcome & Update from SSRL Director - Kelly Gaffney
9:10 Welcome & Update from LCLS Director - Mike Dunne
9:30 LCLS-II Instrument Planning Update - David Fritz
9:50 VUE Center Update - Sacha Hanigan
10:00  Coffee Break -- Exhibits Open 10 am-4 pm (SUSB Exhibit Hall/Trinity A/B Breakout Rooms)
10:20 Perspectives on the Office of Science after 20 years in Washington - Patricia Dehmer (Acting Director, DOE Office of Science)
10:50 William & Diane Spicer Young Investigator Award Presentation & TalkFeng Lin (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) - Metal Segregation in Hierarchically Structured Cathode Materials for High Energy Lithium Batteries
11:20 User Poster Blitz, Bill 'Postermeister' Schlotter
11:45 Lunch Break (Registered Participants - Please wear your nametag to pick up lunch at SUSB, Seating Available at Locations around SLAC)
1-4 PM Plenary Session II
1:00 Introductions by Session Moderator - Hendrik Ohldag (SLAC/SSRL)
1:05 Thinking Big and Outside the Box - Michael Lubell (CCNY/American Physical Society)
1:20 Farrel Lytle Award Presentation - Paul Fuoss (Argonne National Laboratory)
1:30 Melvin Klein Scientific Development Award Presentation & TalkRoopali Kukreja (UC San Diego) - Direct measurement of spin accumulation in the Cu across Co/Cu interface
2:00  Chemical and Electrochemical CO2 Recycling - Matt Kanan (Stanford)
2:30-4:00 Break & User Poster Session (Building 053 SUSB Outdoor Patio)
4-5:15 Plenary Session III
4:00  Introductions by Session Moderator - Petra Fromme (ASU, LCLS UEC Vice Chair)
4:05  Using LCLS to determine the crystal structure of a complex that is central to synaptic neurotransmitter release - Axel Brunger (Stanford)
4:35  Spin currents: the key to nanometer and femtosecond magnetism - Stefano Bonetti (Stockholm U)
5:05  Update on new features of the LCLS data analysis framework - Chris O'Grady (SLAC/LCLS)
5:15 LCLS Sample Delivery Update - Dan DePonte
5:25 Break/Users' Conference Reception (SUSB Breakout Room & Exhibit Hall)
6:00-7:30 Joint LCLS/SSRL User Community Open Discussion with LCLS Director Mike Dunne and SSRL Director Kelly Gaffney (SUSB Orientation Theatre), Sacha Hanigan (VUE Center Manager)





Friday, October 9-Saturday, October 10, 2015 Science Opportunities at SLAC in the Tender X-ray Range


Science Opportunities at SLAC in the Tender X-ray Range (2-5 keV) (Contacts:  Uwe Bergmann, Piero Pianetta) (Oct. 9 Kavli Auditorium; Oct. 10 Quadrus)

  • Since the advent of synchrotron sources, the so-called tender X-ray range from 2 to 5 keV range has not been exploited scientifically to the same extent as both the soft and hard X-ray regions. Challenges with X-ray optics and sample environment have contributed to this shortfall. With the advent of X-ray free electron lasers the radiation damage aspect is being addressed with the probe-before-destroy approach. New sample delivery methods currently under development for such applications have the potential to also address some of the synchrotron related issues. With numerous important absorption edges and a strong scattering cross section for systems that require a spatial resolution in the few-Angstrom regime, both spectroscopy and scattering techniques can be very attractive.  In this workshop we will explore science opportunities for this X-ray region for both synchrotron sources, in particular SSRL, and X-ray free electron lasers, in particular LCLS and LCLS-II. The outcome will help to guide the two facilities to devise a combined strategy that can leverage capabilities to address the most exciting science in this X-ray region.
  • Tentative Speakers and Program: 
    Friday, October 9  - - SLAC Kavli Auditorium  
    8:00 AM Registration at SLAC Science and User Support Building (SUSB) Lobby  
    8:30 AM Welcome Kelly Gaffney, Mike Dunne
    8:40 AM Charge (Common Needs, Input to strategic Plan) Uwe Bergmann, Piero Pianetta
    Facility Overview  
    9:00 AM SSRL Tender X-ray programs Britt Hedman, SLAC
    9:20 AM     Discussion  
    9:30 AM LCLS Tender X-ray opportunities  David Fritz, SLAC
    9:50 AM     Discussion  
    10:00 AM Coffee Break  
    Joint Session  
    10:30 AM Spectroscopy Overview Robert Szilagyi, MSU
    11:00 AM      Discussion  
    11:15 AM Time-Dependent Studies Chris Milne, PSI 
    11:45 AM      Discussion  
    12:00 PM Lunch break (Pick up lunch on ROB Patio - Wear your nametag please)  
    1:00 PM Diffraction and phasing Ana Gonzalez, SLA
    1:30 PM      Discussion  
    1:45 PM Life-Science Appications Richard Neutze, U Gothenburg
    2:15 PM      Discussion  
    2:45 PM Coffee Break  

    3:00-6:00 pm Breakout Sessions (Invited Speakers) (Building 051 Kavli Auditorium, 2nd & 3rd Floor Conference Rooms)



    Coherent Scattering & Imaging (CS&I)

    Abbas Ourmazd

    Andy Aquila

    Marcus Gallagher-Jones

    Tais Gorkhover
    Filipe Maia

    Kavli Auditorium


    Jan Kern

    Stosh Kozimor

    Zhi Liu

    Graham George

    Kavli 2nd Floor Conference Room

    Bio Diffraction

    Peter Zwart

    Meitan Wang

    Bruce Doak

    Armin Wagner

    Kavli 3nd Floor Conference Room
    6:00 PM

    Day 1 Adjourns

    (Reconvene Saturday 8:30-12 noon for Reports from Breakout Sessions)

    5:30-7 PM Reception to Honor Claudio Pellegrini's Fermi Award SLAC ROB Patio
    Saturday, October 10th - -  This session will be held at the Quadrus Conference Center (link is external), 2400 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California (across the street from SLAC (link is external)).  
    8:30-12:00  Reports from the breakout session, discussion, finalize reports
    12:00 pm Adjourn




Saturday, October 10, 2015  Satellite Event:  Celebrating Artie Bienenstock

  • A special symposium to honor Arthur Bienenstoc on October 10, 2015 to will highlight Artie's contributions to science, graduate student training, and the development of synchrotron radiation, SSRL, SLAC, Stanford University, and US science policy.  Formal talks will focus on some of these topics, and informal contributions will also be included. 
  • This symposium will be held at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California (across the street from SLAC). Registration closed 10/1/15.
  • 8:30

    Coffee & light refreshments






    Jeffrey Kortright, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Program Committee Chair



    Chi-Chang Kao, SLAC Director



    Early Science

    Chair:  Brian Stephenson


    Slade Cargill, Lehigh University, Dept. of Physics, Emeritus

    Artie's Early Science


    Hellmut Fritzsche, University of Chicago, Dept. of Physics, Emeritus

    Science with Stan Ovshinsky


    Coffee break



    Science with Synchrotron Radiation

    Chairs:  Ingolf Lindau & Piero Pianetta


    Peter Eisenberger, Columbia University, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Global Thermostat

    Paradigm Shifts


    Sebastian Doniach, Stanford University, Depts. of Applied Physics and SLAC

    Synchrotron Radiation and Biology


    Paul Fuoss, Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division

    Amorphous Materials:  The Ultimate Structural Challenge


    Brief informal contributions*

    Chair: Phil Bucksbaum





    Influence beyond Stanford

    Chair:  to be determined


    Martha Krebs, Pennsylvania State University, Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Director

    Artie from the Department of Energy Perspective


    Rachel Levinson, Arizona State University, National Research Initiatives Director

    OSTP Days


    Mike Lubell, American Physical Society& City College of New York, Dept. of Physics

    Making the Case for Science in Washington:  Artie and APS


    Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado Boulder, Dept. of Chemistry   

    Artie's Wisdom and Influence on the National Science Board


    Coffee Break



    Legacy at Stanford, Artie as ....

    Chair:  Alexander Fetter


    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

    William Miller, Stanford Provost (1971 - 1978), Dept. of Computer Science, Emeritus


    Organizer for GLAM and its interactions with SLAC

    Zhi-Xun Shen, SLAC Science & Technology Advisor, Stanford University, Depts. of Physics & Applied Physics


    Director of Wallenberg Research Link

    Robert Sinclair, Stanford University, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering        


    Brief informal contributions*

    Chair:  to be determined


    Artie Bienenstock



    Reception and Dinner



    After dinner activities

    Chair:  Herman Winick


    Burton Richter, SLAC Director (1984 - 1999)

    Synchrotron Radiation at SLAC:  From Parasite to the Big Time


    Brief Informal contributions*    


*Those interested in making brief remarks may request a few minutes in advance by contacting Jeffrey Kortright  or others on the Program Committee. Hopefully, there will also be time for spontaneous remarks from attendees.