BGU Physics Department

Colloquium, Jan. 10th, 2012

Atomic and Molecular Processes  in Strong Fields at the LCLS  X-ray Laser 

Phil Bucksbaum, Stanford University

The Stanford Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is the world’s fi rst hard x-ray  free electron laser. Atomic and molecular physics experiments at LCLS have concentrated on studies of fundamental processes of photoionization and subsequent relaxation. The signifi cant dynamical time scales involved are on the order of a few femtoseconds. Several strong-field and nonlinear effects have now been documented, and I will review the early results as well as the status of ongoing work.