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LCLS soft X-ray materials science (SXR)

The SXR beamline provided intense ultra short soft X-ray pulses to a diverse set of experimental configurations that used powerful tools such as X-ray emission, coherent imaging, resonant scattering, photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The science performed at the SXR beamline covered wide-spread fields such as catalysis, magnetism, correlated materials, laboratory astrophysics and biological structure.

LCLS Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering Endstation.

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The ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) have enabled unprecedented views of a catalyst in action, an important step...
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The ultra-bright X-ray laser pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory can be used to strip electrons away from...
Illustration of X-ray laser pulses stripping electrons away from atoms
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Spawned by the spins of electrons in magnetic materials, these tiny whirlpools behave like independent particles and could be the future of computing. Experiments...

Illustration of skyrmions -- little whirlpools of magnetism formed by the spins of atoms.
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The advance opens a path toward a new generation of logic and memory devices that could be 10,000 times faster than today's.

Fanciful illustration based on electron orbitals
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Early career award recognizes Mitrano’s work in ultrafast X-ray scattering.

Matteo Mitrano
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The studies could lead to a new understanding of how high-temperature superconductors operate.

fluctuating charge stripes
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In the decade since LCLS produced its first light, it has pushed boundaries in countless areas of discovery.

Undulator Hall
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A new “two-bucket” method of delivering pairs of X-ray pulses gives a 1,000-fold improvement in seeing magnetic fluctuations that could lead to improved data...

Graphic - skyrmion vortex
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A new X-ray laser technique allows scientists to home in on these single-electron triggers to better understand organic molecules that respond to light, including...

Thymine
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The 2010 experiment marked a significant step forward in understanding extreme states of matter at the hearts of stars, planets and nuclear fusion reactions.

The interior of an LCLS chamber set up for an investigation into hot, dense matter.
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Researchers use X-ray laser at SLAC to track light-triggered chemical reactions in a molecule that serves as a simple model for the conversion of...

IMAGE - Artistic rendering of a molecule severed by laser light, with a separate molecule (bottom right) from a solvent rushing in to bond with the just-split molecule. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
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Scientists have used an X-ray laser at SLAC to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a...

Illustration of a transition state in a chemical reaction.