Los Alamos National LaboratoryHigh-energy and Ultrafast X-Ray Imaging Technologies and Applications
A MaRIE workshop shining a light on the future of ultrafast high-energy photon technology

Workshop Information

Material properties are determined by their structures or atomic arrangements. Three themes are emerging that offer unprecedented opportunities in static and transient material research and discoveries in the coming decade: high-energy X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs), high-performance imaging detector technology, and exascale computing. In structure determination, XFEL plays the role of information generation, imaging detectors the role of information collection, and exascale computing the role of data processing and interpretation (such as structure unfolding). Each of them is indispensable in the chain of information encoding, recording and decoding. Here high-energy X-rays refer to photons with 20 keV and above energies, which are near the high-energy end of the existing XFELs like LCLS-I at Stanford and the upcoming European XFEL at DESY, but well within the reach of the proposed MaRIE XFEL, which delivers 42 keV in the fundamental mode, and 126 keV in the third harmonic. Compared with the third generation synchrotrons, the fourth generation XFELs offer ~ 10 orders of magnitude increase in peak photon brilliance and allow time-resolved ultrafast hard X-ray interrogation of mesoscopic objects using multiple sub-picosec (around 100 fs) X-ray photon pulses. The XFEL-driven science and technologies open up new vistas not only to material properties under extreme conditions but also to transient phenomena such as shock physics, turbulence, inertial confinement fusion, warm-dense matter, organ-scale structural biology, explosives, geology, etc.

Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) website

Schedule outline

Workshop Schedule (pdf)

August 1: Registration open from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

August 2:  7:30 am to 8:30 am Breakfast 

8:30 am to 12:30 am - Morning planetary session; one coffee/tea break
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Afternoon session
2:35 pm - Group Photo 
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Social Gathering 
7:00 pm to 8:30 - Dinner and Keynote Speaker

August 3: 7:30 am to 8:30 am Breakfast

8:30 to 12:30 pm - Four parallel breakout session
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Summary session + one coffee/tea break
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Conference logistics/forms for reimbursement
6:00 pm- The workshop ends