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Today's Photon Science Seminar: Almost six years of AMO Physics at LCLS

LCLS and PULSE researcher Christoph Bostedt will be presenting a talk entitled "Almost six years of AMO Physics at LCLS - a personal review" as part of today's Photon Science Seminar at SLAC. In late August 2009, the AMO beamline at LCLS first took flight and started user operations a few weeks later. Since then, the AMO instrument has gone through very dynamic changes covering a wide spectrum of sciences. At this seminar, Dr. Bostedt will take the opportunity to review selected experiments performed in the AMO hutch and other exciting research that has happened there over the years. The seminar will begin today, April 22, at 3 pm in the Redtail Hawk Conference Room (Building 901, Room 108A).

PULSE would like to congratulate Dr. Bostedt on recently accepting a faculty position at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory and thanks him for the contributions that he has made to the research done at our institute. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.

Link to seminar annoucement.

Applied Physics AMO Seminar - Monday, April 6, 2015

Phil Bucksbaum, Director of the PULSE Institute, will be giving a talk entitled, "AMO on the Attosecond Scale" as part of the Spring Quarter Optics and Electronics Seminar AMO sub-series. The Optics and Electronics seminar along with the AMO sub-series seminars are sponsored by the Stanford Department of Applied Physics and the Ginzton Lab and occur every Monday of the spring quarter. The AMO sub-series occurs specifically on the first Monday of every month. Prof. Bucksbaum will be speaking on recent progress in methods to measure and control electron motion at the time scale equivalent to the speed of light. The seminar will be held in the Spilker Building, Room 232, with light refreshments served at 4 pm followed by the talk at 4:15 pm.

PULSE Scientist Evan Reed wins NSF CAREER Award

PULSE congratulates Evan Reed on recently winning a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. NSF CAREER Awards are prestigious five-year grants given in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organization.

Dr. Reed's project entitled, "Two-Dimensional Phase Change Materials" builds on the recent prediction that some two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide materials exhibit phase change properties near ambient conditions. These 2D materials are nearly atomically thin, an aspect that provides potentially useful properties that ordinary phase change materials lack. The 2D nature of these materials provides fundamentally new physical mechanisms for controlling the transformations that do not exist in known, bulk materials. His project will explore the phase change properties of 2D materials and their potential for applications in energy, information storage, electronic, optical, and other important applications with broad societal benefit. It will also elucidate the scientific theory of 2D structural phase transformations, likely to be quite different from conventional theories. In the process, this project will tackle some of the most challenging problems in computational materials science by extending the accuracy and scale of computational methods for predicting the properties of materials.

To integrate outreach with this research, Dr. Reed will host and mentor a group of college-bound, under-represented minority high school students during the summers and involve them in aspects of this project. He will develop interactive Java applications that run real-time atomistic materials simulations aimed at broad research dissemination and materials education at the undergraduate and K-12 levels. These applications represent an exciting new paradigm for materials education that has potential to transform the way in which students learn about materials by putting them in the driver seat.

For more information: Reed Group, NSF


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