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Scientists from the International Research Center “Coherent X-ray optics for MegaScience class plants” have taken part in XV School on synchrotron radiation in Italy

Scientists from the International Research Center “Coherent X-ray optics for MegaScience class plants” have taken part in XV School on synchrotron radiation in Italy
14 October 2019

Young IKBFU scientists Ksenia Chichay and Sergey Shevirtalov have taken part in the international school on the basis of synchrotron radiation physics. The event was held in Muggia, Italy. Young scientists from Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Slovenia, Britain, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia took part in the event. The School has been held since 1990 by Italian Synchrotron Society (SILS). The School honors its organized, Gilberto Vlaic who is known for his contribution to x-ray absorption spectroscopy research.

For two weeks, lectures on the physics of synchrotron radiation were presented by leading Italian researchers, scientists from Germany, France, and Switzerland. Lectures were given on topics ranging from the basics of the interaction of X-rays with matter and the design of modern synchrotron sources to the physics of free-electron lasers. In addition to the lectures, a one-day experimental session was organized on the processing of powder diffraction data and absorption spectroscopy and a detailed tour to the research stations of the ELETTRA synchrotron and FERMI free-electron laser (Trieste).

Sergey Shevirtalov said:

“There were 40 lectures in the two weeks and a huge volume of information on synchrotron radiation to absorb. The superb organization and relaxed atmosphere made it very comfortable to participate in the event. We talked with leading scientists in the field of synchrotron radiation and got acquainted with the main research methods and characteristics of the sources. During the ELETTRA synchrotron tour, we were able to visit the main research stations, find out their capabilities and requirements for the objects under study. Particular attention was paid to free-electron lasers and their current and potential capabilities that will allow us to plunge into the physics of elementary processes”

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Ksenia Chichay said:

“Last year, an agreement was signed between the IKBFU and the European free-electron laser in Hamburg (Germany). Today it is the brightest X-ray source in the world with the shortest pulses. I am very pleased with this cooperation and the horizons it opens up from the point of view of both studying the interaction of super-bright radiation with matter and dynamic processes, and developing new optics devices”.

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The participation in the school was funded by 5-top-100 project funds.


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