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Simulations of ultrafast x–ray laser experiments
Author(s): C. Fortmann-Grote; A. A. Andreev; K. Appel; J. Branco; R. Briggs; M. Bussmann; A. Buzmakov; M. Garten; A. Grund; A. Huebl; Z. Jurek; N. D. Loh; M. Nakatsutsumi; L. Samoylova; R. Santra; E. A. Schneidmiller; A. Sharma; K. Steiniger; S. Yakubov; C. H. Yoon; M. V. Yurkov; U. Zastrau; B. Ziaja-Motyka; A. P. Mancuso
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Paper Abstract

Simulations of experiments at modern light sources, such as optical laser laboratories, synchrotrons, and free electron lasers, become increasingly important for the successful preparation, execution, and analysis of these experiments investigating ever more complex physical systems, e.g. biomolecules, complex materials, and ultra–short lived states of matter at extreme conditions. We have implemented a platform for complete start–to–end simulations of various types of photon science experiments, tracking the radiation from the source through the beam transport optics to the sample or target under investigation, its interaction with and scattering from the sample, and registration in a photon detector. This tool allows researchers and facility operators to simulate their experiments and instruments under real life conditions, identify promising and unattainable regions of the parameter space and ultimately make better use of valuable beamtime. In this paper, we present an overview about status and future development of the simulation platform and discuss three applications: 1.) Single–particle imaging of biomolecules using x–ray free electron lasers and optimization of x–ray pulse properties, 2.) x–ray scattering diagnostics of hot dense plasmas in high power laser–matter interaction and identification of plasma instabilities, and 3.) x–ray absorption spectroscopy in warm dense matter created by high energy laser–matter interaction and pulse shape optimization for low–isentrope dynamic compression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2017
PDF: 34 pages
Proc. SPIE 10237, Advances in X-ray Free-Electron Lasers Instrumentation IV, 102370S (20 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2270552
Show Author Affiliations
C. Fortmann-Grote, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)
A. A. Andreev, Max Born Institute (Germany)
ELI-ALPS (Hungary)
K. Appel, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)
J. Branco, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
R. Briggs, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
M. Bussmann, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
A. Buzmakov, FSRC “Crystallography and Photonics” (Russian Federation)
M. Garten, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
A. Grund, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
A. Huebl, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Z. Jurek, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (Germany)
The Hamburg Ctr. for Ultrafast Imaging (Germany)
N. D. Loh, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
M. Nakatsutsumi, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)
L. Samoylova, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)
R. Santra, Ctr. for Free-Electron Laser Science (Germany)
The Hamburg Ctr. for Ultrafast Imaging (Germany)
Univ. Hamburg (Germany)
E. A. Schneidmiller, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
A. Sharma, ELI-ALPS Research Institute (Hungary)
K. Steiniger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
S. Yakubov, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
C. H. Yoon, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
M. V. Yurkov, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
U. Zastrau, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)
B. Ziaja-Motyka, Ctr. for Free-Electron Laser Science (Germany)
The Hamburg Ctr. for Ultrafast Imaging (Germany)
Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
A. P. Mancuso, European XFEL GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10237:
Advances in X-ray Free-Electron Lasers Instrumentation IV
Thomas Tschentscher; Luc Patthey, Editor(s)

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