Highlights

A Dreamy Light: The X-FEL facility SACLA was built on the SPring-8 site
2012. 06. 22

The X-FEL facility SACLA was built on the SPring-8 site and its user operation started last March. X-FEL is called “a dreamy light”, because it provides ultra-intense, ultra-short coherent X-ray pulses. Prof. Yao’s group in the Department of Physics I has intensively studied structural and electronic properties of microclusters by utilizing synchrotron radiation and extreme ultra-violet FEL pulses with the financial help from 21st century COE and Global COE programs and KAKENHIs. Moreover, the research members have been engaged with the X-ray Free Electron Laser Utilization Research Project in collaboration with Prof. Kiyoshi Ueda of Tohoku University, and developed an ultra-vacuum apparatus which is now installed in the experimental hall of SACLA. A big photo of the apparatus was inserted in an evening newspaper of NIKKEI on 19 June 2012.