15th (9 am) and 16th (6 pm) December 2008
Venue: ESRF, Auditorium


The UPBL9 consists of two branches which are dedicated to:

(a)  Sub-microradian angular resolution small-angle scattering for probing the structure and nonequilibrium dynamics of self-assembling soft matter and biological systems,
(b) Structural dynamics of molecular assemblies in chemistry and life sciences.

These new beamlines are expected to retain ESRF in the forefront for time-resolved diffraction/scattering and high resolution small-angle scattering techniques. 

The scope of this brainstorming workshop includes exploring further avenues for time-resolved scattering/diffraction studies at the ESRF.  One of the ambitious goals is to bridge the gap between ultra-fast structural dynamics probed by pump-probe methods and the millisecond range kinetics probed by real-time scattering experiments. Within the Upgrade program, this is facilitated by the proposed incorporation of beamlines ID02 (SAXS) and ID09B (TRD) to UPBL 9 a and b. While these new beamlines retain two distinct undulator straight sections, their joint location could enhance the synergy in terms of sharing the infrastructure for time-resolved experiments, and similar requirements with respect to detectors, optics and data analysis methods.  UPBL 9a is intended to be oriented to soft matter featuring sub-microradian angular and sub-millisecond time resolution capability (USAXS/SAXS/WAXS).  UPBL 9 b is planned to be specialized in chemistry and life science for sub-nano second to millisecond range structural dynamics (diffraction/WAXS/SAXS). The enhanced synergies between these two beamlines would open new possibilities for time-resolved SAXS/WAXS experiments in the microsecond region. The improvements in detection capability could also be exploited in the studies of transient processes in gas phase and plasma state.     

At this stage, we critically need scientific input from our user community. We would very much appreciate your contributions by participating in this discussion. Of course, due to organizational and budgetary constraints, we have to limit the number of participants to about 30. Therefore, please register as soon as possible. If you have any questions with respect to the local arrangements, please contact Eva Jahn. Concerning scientific questions, please address to either of the scientific coordinators with a copy to the other.

E. Jahn (Administrative Coordinator)

T. Narayanan (Scientific Coordinator)

M. Wulff (Scientific Coordinator)