Workshops, Conferences and Schools 2009

The events marked with an asterisk(*) are supported within the N2 Networking Activity of the I3 Project IA-SFS. The requests for financial support must be submitted through one of the Member Representatives or one of the User Delegates


XRMS09 - "X-Ray Spectoscopy of Magnetic Solids*
January 19th - 20th, 2009
Sinchrotron SOLEIL - L'Orme des Merisiers, Saint Aubin - France

The 'X-ray Spectroscopy of Magnetic Solids (XRMS)' meetings have proved as a fruitful forum for informal discussion of recent results and future projects of synchrotron radiation based research on magnetism and also served for the formation of new collaborations. The meeting is organized in sessions dedicated to specific scientific topics and experimental techniques. The absence of parallel sessions allows all the participants to take part in the discussion and to have a comprehensive view of the latest achievements and of the envisioned developments in the field.

High Resolution Electron Spectroscopy-Future and Perspectives*
February 3rd - 4th, 2009
SOLEIL - France

MAX-lab, SOLEIL and BESSY will organize this workshop initiated by the I3 program of the EU and within the frame of the RTRA - Triangle de la Physique in South-Paris area.
There is a very rapid development of the future photon sources world-wide. A new generation of ultra-brilliant storage ring facilities are planned and several FEL facilities are operating/under construction.
Electron spectroscopy is one of the most important techniques in the field of X-ray based science. To a very high degree, the development of high resolution spectrometers have contributed to many fields of research, ranging from atomic and molecular physics to ARUPS studies of highly correlated materials, HTC superconductors etc. Therefore this meeting has been initiated as a collaborative workshop between the above mentioned organizations. The workshop will be small and we invite participants who have contributed significantly to the development of high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. We also invite commercial companies developing and marketing instruments of this kind.
The aim of the meeting was to identify future research lines and possibilities for further development of high resolution electron spectroscopy for the next years.

X-ray Optics for Nanofocusing*
February 10th, 2009
ESRF, Grenoble - France

Objectives of the Event
The primary aim of this workshop will to be explore the opportunities for cooperative developments in the field of X-ray Optics for Nanofocusing.

During the meeting we will seek to highlight the current state-of-the-art and capabilities for X-ray optics development and characterisation at the various light sources. Topics which will be discussed include:

  • Latest developments in diffractive, reflective and refractive X-ray focusing optics
  • Pathways towards the ultimate focusing of soft and hard X-rays
  • Current capacity for optical device production and projected future requirements
  • Application of nanofocusing optics for routine measurements at X-ray beamlines
  • Available processing and test infrastructures

A key objective of the workshop will be to produce a draft roadmap for X-ray nanofocusing optics development outlining the various issues which will need to be addressed in order to satisfy the future needs of the light sources. The priorities and potential bottlenecks identified in this report will allow us to develop an appropriate strategy for possible collaborative developments between the participants. For this we will also draw upon the experience of the IA-SFS JRA3 (Microfocusing Devices) which has been exploring new technologies for producing diffractive focusing elements. Our hope is that we could build upon this type of model whilst incorporating , in addition, development activities encompassing reflective and refractive elements.

SMEXOS - Simulation Methods for X-ray Optical Systems*
February 24th - 25th, 2009
ESRF, Grenoble - France

Workshop Objectives
The SMEXOS workshop aims to draw together engineers and scientists developing optical simulation methods and those applying such methods for designing, optimizing and upgrading x-ray optics instrument design. With the development of new light sources and the upgrade of existing facilities, software tools for X-ray optical simulations have an important role to play in the optimisation of the beamline designs. The workshop aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art and capabilities for X-ray optical systems simulation
  • Identify needs/paths and priorities for future developments
  • Identify possible routes for collaborative developments (perhaps precursor to European funding request).

The 2 day workshop will comprise oral and poster contributions and will include a series of invited presentations. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts of original and unpublished work in the following areas:

  • Simulation of X-ray optical elements (including imperfections)
  • Transformation of beam characteristics by optical elements (polarization, time-dependence, coherence)
  • Simulation methods for X-ray nanofocusing using reflective, refractive and diffractive components.
  • Combination of algorithms (ray tracing, Monte Carlo, phase space, wavefront propagation)
  • Analysis of data from metrology and their use in simulations (profilometry, wavefront metrology, in-situ dynamical focusing)
  • Simulation and parameterisation of the optical properties of sources (spectral, spatial, angular and time dependencies)
  • Simulations of complete beamlines. Optimisation
  • Calculation of the instrumental function and its possible use for data analysis
  • Benchmarking with experiments
  • Software codes and packages (commercial, proprietary and open source)
  • Optical constants databases

Workshop on Low Energy Detectors for European Photon Sources*
February 24th - 25th, 2009
Daresbury Lab. - UK

In recent years there have been very significant advances in the development and provision of advanced detection systems for use on synchrotrons and other x-ray photon sources. Of particular note has been the realisation of 2d hybrid pixellated detectors such as Medipix, XPAD and PILATUS. There is, however, a growing need to explore the needs and opportunities for detectors at lower photon energies (<5kev and beyond XUV / UV). This is to enable the full exploitation of both existing low energy SR beamlines and new such facilities as FLASH.
This European FP7 funded workshop, seeks to promote the discussion of these areas and gives a real opportunity for both photon source users and detector researchers to extract, understand and shape the future direction of low energy detectors.
The workshop will be hosted by STFC Daresbury Laboratory and will start at lunchtime on 24th February 2009 and extend to lunchtime on 25th February. There will be a limited number of opportunities to give oral presentations during the workshop. There will also be an opportunity to see the new ALICE energy recovery LINAC prototype at Daresbury.

PSI-XFEL Science Workshop on „Crazy Ideas and Challenges“*
February 26th - 27th, 2009
Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen - Switzerland

As part of the development of a „Conceptual Design Report“ for the PSI-XFEL project, a series of Science Workshops is being held. The next in the series will be on „Crazy Ideas and Challenges“, will last two days and will involve 16 international invited speakers. The first day will emphasize machine challenges, with topics such as soft-X-ray seeding, low-charge operation, mode-locking, synchronized THz sources and sub-micrometer focusing. The second day will emphasize novel scientific applications of the XFEL, for example for time-resolved resonant diffraction, using the ultranarrow 57Fe Mössbauer resonance and performing soft-X-ray heterodyne spectroscopy.


VIII. Research Course on New X-Ray Sciences Search
"Magnetic Materials in Synchrotron and XFEL X-ray light."
February 18th - 20th, 2009
Hamburg, Germany

  • Challenges in Modern Magnetism
  • X-ray scattering from Magnetic Materials
  • Ultrafast magnetic phenomena
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Magnetism in reduced dimensions
  • Coherent X-ray scattering
  • Magnetic Interfaces and Surfaces
  • New X-ray sources for magnetic systems

Free-electron lasers for short-wavelength radiation and the latest generation of storage rings for the generation of hard X-ray synchrotron radiation are new light sources providing extremely high brilliance radiation. These novel sources allow for new experimental techniques, therefore enabling new scientific results. The DESY course shall provide basic knowledge about new directions of X-ray research and address Diploma (Master), PhD students and young research fellows. Detailed information about the program and how to apply can be found on the web.

The 8th course is dedicated to the investigation of structural and dynamical properties of magnetic materials using the properties of highly brilliant X-ray sources. Modern experimental techniques and scientific applications will be discussed.