CLASSE: x-ERL Science

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x-ERL Science


Linear accelerator based synchrotron light sources like the ERL have the potential to produce hard x-ray beams limited only by the fundamental wave nature of light. With ERLs, scientists will be able to focus down to nanometers, precisely control photon energy and polarization, and benefit from full coherence. These beams will allow current probes to be extended and novel approaches to be developed, and will enable three-dimensional, real-time characterization of structure (atomic, nanoscale and mesoscale) and chemical composition in realistic environments. ERL sources will address "grand challenges" of science such as the biomolecular structure of nanocrystals, ultrafast science with "tickle and probe," physics and chemistry of deep earth and planetary materials studied inside tiny diamond-anvil cells, and submicron probes for in-situ analysis of catalytic and electrolyte materials in batteries, fuel cells, and photovoltaic cells, to name a few.

Faculty: Joel Brock, Sol Gruner, Georg Hoffstaetter