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Ultrafast X-ray Summer Seminar 2016 Registration Is Open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the upcoming Ultrafast X-ray Summer Seminar (UXSS) 2016 is now open! It will be held at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA, USA) this summer, from June 12-16.

Researchers of all levels interested in ultrafast X-ray science and its applications are encouraged to attend. UXSS provides lectures and discussions with experts in X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) science, and attendees will have an opportunity to craft mock beam time proposals with the guidance of LCLS instrument scientists for the various fields served by XFELs.

We are using Certain to manage conference registration and credit-card payments. To register, click here. Further details may be found on the conference website, also hosted at Please bookmark this link for your reference.

We look forward to welcoming you at SLAC and to another productive summer school!

PULSE Researchers Awarded BioXFEL STC Discretionary Grant

A BioXFEL discretionary grant proposal submitted by PULSE PI Phil Bucksbaum and co-investigator Hasan DeMirci was recently awarded funding. An objective of this funding is to support efforts of investigators who wish to collaborate with the BioXFEL center in pursuing structural biology efforts that make use of X-ray free-electron lasers. The proposal, involving time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography of macromolecules, combines an existing research focus of mutant bacterial ribosomes with a new, powerful method in structural biology made possible by the ultra-bright, ultrafast intense pulses of sources like LCLS. Congratulations to the team for a successful proposal!

Ultrafast Electron Diffraction Team Garners Award, Observes Atomic Motions of Gases


The SLAC Director's Award, issued for the first time, went to a core team of individuals who were part of the development of the ultrafast electron diffraction facility here at SLAC National Lab. Included among the awardees are PULSE researchers Ryan Coffee and Markus Guehr, in addition to fellow SLAC researchers Hermann Dürr, Keith Jobe, Renkai Li, Alexander Reid, Xijie Wang, and Stephen Weathersby. Congratulations to the team for their efforts in building a facility that will be an important part of SLAC's array of facilities for years to come.

Following the accolade, research work led by Guehr and Jie Yang (Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln) was recently published in Nature Communications describing the rotation of nitrogen molecules in gas: the observation of atomic motions on a timescale previously not accessible. SLAC News has provided a detailed article that explains the work and features commentary from Yang, Guehr and Xijie Wang (UED team lead).

Markus Guehr (PULSE/Univ. of Potsdam) receives the 2016 SLAC Director's Award.




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