Symposium ‘Advances in Free-Electron Laser Science’

Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover/Germany, November 19/20, 2014

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in Stanford (Photo: SLAC).
The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in Stanford (Photo: SLAC).

Free-electron lasers open new avenues towards the study of atomic, molecular, chemical, biological and condensed-matter processes with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. Free-electron laser facilities in the hard X-ray regime have been developed worldwide, starting off with the Linac Coherent Light Source LCLS at SLAC National Accelerator Center in Stanford, USA. On the site of the Spring-8 synchrotron radiation facility in Japan the 2nd hard X-ray FEL named SACLA, started operation in 2012. On the old continent the European XFEL – located between Hamburg and Schenefeld in Germany – will provide the scientific community with equally exciting measurement opportunities when it becomes operational in 2015/16.

The Volkswagen Foundation supports this emerging field in science in the forefront of the European facility. To this end the funding initiative ‘Free-electron Laser Science: Peter Paul Ewald Fellowships at LCLS in Stanford’ was established which constitutes a postdoctoral fellowship program. This status symposium is the first meeting of the Peter Paul Ewald fellows. International keynote speakers will make for a broader perspective.

This interdisciplinary symposium provides a forum for the fellows to present their results, to discuss current issues of interest, and to develop new directions and contacts for future research. A poster session complements the scientific talks.

  • Prof. Dr. Jochen R. Schneider, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg
  • Dr. Ulrike Bischler, VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover


This symposium is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.