Proceedings of the 36th International
Free Electron Laser Conference
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The international community of experts, students and enthusiasts in the field of Free-electron lasers met from August 25th to 29th 2014 at the Basel Congress Center, Switzerland, for the 36th International Free Electron Laser Conference, FEL2014. A total of 424 participants from 23 countries attended the event, which was hosted by the Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI.

The modern conference venue provided a state-of-the-art auditorium for the Oral Sessions and an extensive lobby that hosted lively Poster Sessions and an Industrial Exhibition. The exhibition allowed fruitful contacts to be made between FEL scientists and suppliers of sophisticated FEL equipment. The program included a reception in the historic Safran Zunft of Basel and a visit to PSI that encompassed a tour of the SwissFEL construction site, the SwissFEL Injector Test Facility and the Swiss Light Source. The excursion concluded with a traditional Swiss banquet held at PSI’s renowned restaurant.

In the opening session, a talk by Dr. Li-Hua Yu commemorated the life and achievements of FEL pioneer Dr. Samuel Krinsky, who sadly passed away earlier in 2014. The program of scientific talks consisted of 34 invited and contributed talks on various FEL topics, ranging from FEL theory to the many operational and technical aspects of FEL accelerators, through to end-user applications. Furthermore two presentations were given by this year’s FEL prize winners, and two first FEL lasing announcements were made, namely from FLASH II at DESY, Hamburg and the SwissFEL Injector Test Facility at PSI. Three excellent tutorial sessions were also offered to the delegates.

Notable highlights from the program were the recent results from the existing X-ray FEL facilities LCLS, SACLA and Fermi. These accelerators have now advanced beyond their commissioning phase. In addition to routine user operation, they provide important tests of novel ideas in beam dynamics and FEL physics. Multi-color operation with a single beam line and bandwidth control in the hard and soft X-ray regime have both been demonstrated, paving the way towards a technical maturity that will improve the beam quality to beyond basic SASE operation.

Another trend made apparent from the contributions is the research towards compact light sources. Alternative electron sources, new acceleration concepts and compact radiators aim to reduce the spatial footprint of intense, femtosecond X-ray light sources. Certain technologies, such as plasma bunch generation and acceleration, have advanced to a level that envisages a compact FEL to be driven in the foreseeable future.

We would like to thank the many participants who presented and shared their ideas and research, the Program Committee for formulating an interesting and varied scientific program, and the Local Organizing Committee for putting together a most professional event that, in true Swiss tradition, ticked like clockwork! Finally, a special thanks to the JACoW editorial team for their meticulous efforts in processing the manuscripts and ensuring the timely release of these Proceedings.

Sven Reiche  Hans-Heinrich Braun
Scientific Program Chair  Conference Chair

November 2014

FEL2014 was hosted by the Paul Scherrer Institute and held at the Congress Center in Basel, Switzerland, during the period of 25-29 August 2014 PSI logo