A new research facility to conduct ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy ("UED/UEM") has come online at SLAC in just several months, with staff scientist Markus Gühr providing leadership in research using this facility. In the facility, high-energy electrons are used in order to image materials and compounds of interest. It is a complement to the ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the LCLS, which can analyze samples using diffraction or scattering among other methods.
LCLS scientist Ryan Coffee gave a SLAC public lecture on Tuesday 18 November discussing the application of pattern recognition and machine learning to study individual atomic movements, which can now be examined using the LCLS.
Further information as well as the lecture video may be accessed here.
Todd Martinez has been featured in Stanford News for recent work on a computational chemistry program he and his collaborators call the 'nanoreactor'. The program permits in-silico calculation of reaction products and detailed reaction calculations for each product given a set of user-defined starting materials.