Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation
News from research and committee
Chairman: Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt / Vice Chairwoman: Dr. Bridget Murphy
The KFS consists of the representatives of synchrotron radiation users, synchrotron radiation sources and funding institutions. It represents the synchrotron radiation users and gives advice for the future of research with synchrotron radiation.
Prototype demonstrates feasibility of building terahertz accelerators


An interdisciplinary team of researchers has built the first prototype of a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio frequency structures. A single accelerator module is no more than 1.5 centimetres long and one millimetre thick. The terahertz technology holds the promise of miniaturising the entire set-up by at least a factor of 100, as the scientists surrounding DESY’s Franz Kärtner from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) point out. They are presenting their prototype, that was set up in Kärtner’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S., in the journal Nature Communications. The authors see numerous applications for terahertz accelerators, in materials science, medicine and particle physics, as well as in building X-ray lasers. CFEL is a cooperation between DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Society. [more] [archive]

approaching deadlines:

Nov. 30, 2015: Deadline for Call for papers in Metals Special Issue "Metals Challenged by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation"
Nov. 30, 2015: Registration deadline for High-pressure crystallography: status artis and emerging opportunitites. 49th Erice Course, 27.05.2016 - 05.06.2016
Dec. 01, 2015: Abstract deadline for 80. Jahrestagung der DPG und DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 06.03.2016 - 11.03.2016
Dec. 10, 2015: Deadline application for financial support European XFEL Users Meeting 2016, 27.01.2016-29.01.2016
Dec. 11, 2015: HZB Foresight-Workshop: Tender X-rays in Macromolecular Crystallography

BESSY II electron highway gets second lane

The particle accelerator team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has demonstrated that BESSY II, the 3rd generation synchrotron radiation source in Berlin, can be operated with not just one, but two simultaneous electron paths. By precisely tuning the magnetic components, physicists can create an additional orbital path. Packets of electrons can travel along it and emit intense light pulses at the experiment stations. This could provide the user community with the option to select light pulses from either path as needed in their experiments. HZB is the first to enter this new territory and at the same time has reached another milestone in its pioneering BESSY-VSR project. [more] [archive]
EU funds design study for European plasma accelerator

The European Union supports the development of a novel plasma particle accelerator with three million euros from the Horizon2020 program. The EU project EuPRAXIA will produce a design study for a European plasma research accelerator focussing on applications of the new technology. Plasma acceleration promises to shrink costs and size of particle accelerators for science, medical applications and industry significantly. [more] [archive]
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What the KFS does

The Committee Research with Synchrotron Radiation (KFS) represents scientists, who work with synchrotron radiation in the context of the BMBF-Verbundforschung Condensed Matter. The committee consists of seven elected members and of guests. The main task of the KFS is promoting the research with synchrotron radiation. To get an idea what the KFS is currently dealing with, have a look at the minutes (in German only) or at the email newsletters that are sent out quaterly. [more] [archive]