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Seminar 9/26/2012 - William White, Stanford University/SLAC: The Linac Coherent Light Source

Full Title: The Linac Coherent Light Source - The World's First Hard X-Ray Free Electron Laser

Bio: Dr. White received my Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1989 and started at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory the same year as a Staff Scientist in the Physics Dept., mostly building large high intensity laser systems for high energy density science. In 1991 I began consulting with Positive Light, a start-up laser company. In 1999, I took a leave of absence from LLNL to go full time as Vice-President of Positive Light, with the goal being to grow the company to an IPO or acquisition (like every other high tech firm at the time). In 2003, Positive Light was acquired by Coherent Inc. and I became Director of Engineering for scientific products. In 2005, I went to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to build laser core-competency in support of the newly emerging Light Source and Photon Science mission. I am currently Director of the LCLS Laser Science & Technology Division (LS&T) managing a group of 17 scientists and engineers and 6 visiting scientists/students. LS&T currently supports active research programs to increase the capabilities of the LCLS and it's associated experiments and support ultrafast laser science across SLAC,  Stanford, and other DOE laboratories.

Abstract: In 2009, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) became the worlds first hard x-ray free electron laser producing ultrashort pulses of x-rays that are 9 orders of magnitude brighter than any previous source. This unique source allows investigation of the dynamics of matter at atomic spatial and temporal resolution. I will discuss the capabilities of the LCLS along with some of the first science and next generation plans for the LCLS II.

All seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Bowen Hall Auditorium Room 222. A light lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Bowen Hall Atrium immediately prior to the seminar.

Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium

Date/Time: 09/26/12 at 12:00 pm - 09/26/12 at 1:00 pm

Category: PRISM/PCCM Seminar Series

Department: PRISM