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Science@FELs and ALERT 2016 Conferences

Trieste was the stage for the conferences Science@FELs and ALERT 2016, two meetings on new generation cutting-edge light sources, both held in the month of September.

The three-day international Science@FELs conference, organized by Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, has taken place from September 5 to September 7, 2016 at the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. This year LaserLab Europe, the Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures, has taken part in the organization of the Science@FELs conference with the aim to stimulate more extensive cross-fertilization and collaboration between the two communities, i.e. those working with lab-scale lasers and FELs, respectively. The invited speakers included many pioneers in the field of table top and free electron lasers for exploring structure and dynamic responses of matter to external stimuli. The event attracted over 150 attendees, among whom several directors of major facilities in Europe and USA were present. During the conference, the research performed at the FERMI, under continuous development at the Elettra Laboratory, has been extensively presented in 8 out of 32 talks, highlighting the special place of FERMI within the FEL community as the only seeded FEL facility.
The "FEL Science and Applications" prize has been awarded to Dr. Kartik Ayyer, a young scientist from the Center for FreeElectron Laser Science (CFEL), a joint enterprise of DESY, the Max Planck Society (MPG), and the University of Hamburg, for his novel methodology developed for macromolecular diffractive imaging using imperfect crystals.

The Advanced Low Emittance Rings Technology (ALERT 2016) workshop, held in Trieste from September 14th to 16th and co-organized by Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and by CERN in Geneva as part of the Eucard 2 Project brought together scientists, experts and the industry. The meeting drew many participants from major research centers from around the world, equipped with a particle accelerator, including SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) at Stanford University (USA), the Max IV Laboratory of the University of Lund (Sweden), CERN in Geneva (Switzerland) and the Elettra research center (Italy).
The significant turnout of representatives of a number of Italian and European industries specialized in high-tech production was particularly important for an effective debate on the state of the art of research and the needs of increasingly specialized market niches. As the workshop organizers Emanuel Karantzoulis (Elettra) and Ioannis Papaphilipou (CERN) commented, "At this time of great advances in ultra-intense light sources, the sharing of experiences and technological solutions which have already been tested in such laboratories is a valuable resource for the scientific community, as well as - in general - for the development of knowledge and for finding answers to the global challenges of our time."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 13:09