First SCS Experiments at EuXFEL

29 January 2019

Oliver Humphries and Sam Vinko from Oxford Physics were part of one of the first user experiments to take place at the European XFEL, the flagship x-ray free-electron laser facility currently being commissioned at DESY in Hamburg, Germany. The first user results were reported at the annual XFEL User meeting on 23 January.

The experiment, focused on X-ray absorption spectroscopy, was led by Dr. Martin Beye from DESY, and was based on an open community proposal that included a large international team of scientists from the European XFEL, DESY, PSI, SLAC, University of Hamburg, University of Oxford, ETH Zürich and University Duisburg-Essen. The work was performed at the Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS) instrument, a beam line of the XFEL facility dedicated to time-resolved experiments to unravel the electronic and structural properties of complex materials and nanostructures in their fundamental space-time dimensions.