To this end, the ESRF is organising a series of "EBS Workshops" in 2019 & 2020. These workshops will cover a multitude of topics, with the aim of gathering together users, staff and other experts to discuss and identify strategies for performing the best experiments with this new source.

This webpage gives an overview of the EBS workshops being organised, and the information shown will be continually updated as workshop dates are finalised, registration deadlines are set and workshop web pages appear. Please remember to check this webpage regularly to avail of the latest information.

EBS-Dedicated Workshops organised in 2019 & 2020

  1. Time resolved science at ID09 and its synergy with the EuXFEL programme
  2. Nuclear resonance scattering at the Extremely Brilliant Source
  3. X-ray Raman scattering spectroscopy probing low Z elements using hard X-rays
  4. Hands-on! High pressure techniques at the ESRF-EBS (school)
  5. Coherence at ESRF-EBS
  6. Emerging synchroton techniques for characterization of energy materials and devices
  7. X-ray spectroscopy of magnetic materials
  8. Short-pulse science at the Extremely Brilliant Source
  9. Local electronic structure and coordination probed by X-ray emission spectroscopy
  10. Sample modulation by high photon densities: desired and undesired effects
  11. Cultural and Natural Heritage at EBS-ESRF
  12. Dark-Field X-ray Microscopy for EBSL2
  13. Studies of dynamically compressed matter with X-rays (DyCoMaX)

1. Time resolved science at ID09 and its synergy with EuXFEL programme

Dates of the workshop 4-5 March 2019
Expected number of participants 60
Scientific organisers M. Wulff and M. Levantino
Administrative Assistant(s) Fabienne Mengoni, Isabelle Combe
Contact email fxe@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 13 February 2019
Workshop webpage link FXE Workshop

Scope

The EBS will be a great improvement for laser pump/X-ray probe experiments on ID09. However, the ultimate time resolution in pump-probe experiments is limited by the X-ray pulse length which will remain 100 ps from the EBS. The FXE beamline at the EuXFEL has similar setups to ID09 but the time resolution is dramatically lower (< 100 fs). The aim of the workshop is to discuss the overlap and complementarity of the two beamlines and to strengthen the collaboration.

Short report

This workshop opened the series of EBS workshops  and took place at the ESRF on 4th and 5th March 2019. It was organized and funded jointly by the ESRF and the European XFEL (EuXFEL) in Hamburg.

The aim was to review the experiments on ID09, the beamline for time resolved structural dynamics and its sister beamline FXE at EuXFEL, the beamline for femtosecond X-ray experiments, and to discuss the role of ID09 in the EBS era.

23 speakers were invited to present their vision for the two beamlines to help define a European policy for time resolved experiments. The two beamlines are highly complementary: the super intense 100 femtosecond X-ray pulses from FXE is giving users new access to the fundamental time scale in chemistry, the breakage and formation of bonds in molecules, electron transfer and coherent motions. In contrast, the longer 100 ps synchrotron pulse is ideal for probing the structure of reaction products with superior spatial resolution and with very low radiation damage. The talks were of very high quality and stimulated very fruitful discussions.

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2. Nuclear resonance scattering at the Extremely Brilliant Source

Dates of the workshop 11-12 March 2019
Expected number of participants 50
Scientific organisers A. Chumakov, R. Rüffer, D. Bessas
Administrative Assistant(s) Eva Jahn
Contact email nrs-ebs@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 10/02/2019 - Registration is open
Workshop webpage link www.esrf.fr/nrs-workshop

Scope

With the new Extremely Brilliant Source, the nuclear resonance beamline will offer users an order of magnitude improvement in energy resolution (50 µeV) and two orders of magnitude improvement in beam size (200 nm × 200 nm). The aim of the workshop is to discuss and identify key scientific cases which will benefit most from nuclear resonance scattering with the Extremely Brilliant Source.

Short report

The workshop took place at ESRF on 11th and 12th March 2019 and gathered 65 participants from 14 countries. The programme included 17 invited talks and 17 poster presentations, and was devoted to the foreseen development of the nuclear resonance beamline in frame of the ESRF-EBS upgrade programme.

The discussion focussed in particular, on nano-scale physics, enabled by a nanoscope allowing for a spatial resolution of ~200 nm, and on micro-eV atomic dynamics feasible with the foreseen development of a hard X-ray spectrograph with the energy resolution of ~50 micro-eV. Another lively discussed issue was an analysing of previous scientific breakthroughs in nuclear resonance scattering and suggestions of new routes in scientific, methodological, and instrumental development of the technique.

Participants were very much interested to learn more about the ESRF upgrade programme in general, and specifically about the future of the nuclear resonance beamline at the ESRF. On their request, a visit to the ESRF experimental hall and to ID18 was organized, with a greatly appreciated help of Rainer Wilcke.

The audience appreciated the high quality of presen-tations, as well as the high attendance of the meeting, with nearly entirely filled auditorium. They also appreciated the excellent administrative work of Eva Jahn-Feppon, enabling comfortable and pleasant running of the meeting.

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3. X-ray Raman scattering spectroscopy probing low Z elements using hard X-rays

Dates of the workshop 3-5 April 2019
Expected number of participants 50 maximum
Scientific organisers Ch. Sahle, J.P. Rueff, G. Lelong
Administrative Assistant(s) Claudine Roméro, Fabienne Mengoni
Contact email xrs-workshop@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 3rd March 2019
Workshop webpage link http://www.esrf.fr/xrs-workshop

Scope

ID20 hosts a worldwide unique spectrometer to study low energy absorption edges using hard X-rays. The workshop aims to bring together experts and novices in the field to collectively assess and discuss the current status, potential, and future prospects for this emerging inelastic X-ray scattering technique. We wish to strengthen the current user community, define future research directions, and guide the worldwide efforts to build new dedicated end-stations.

Short report

More than 50 people from 7 countries and 3 continents came together in the ESRF auditorium from 3rd to 5th April to discuss recent, present, and future aspects of X-ray Raman scattering spectroscopy. The programe included 24 oral and 16 poster presentations and covered many aspects of the small but growing field of this non-resonant inelastic X-ray scattering technique.

The workshop included seven sessions, the first of which was a session on instrumentation focusing on the capabilities of the ID20 instrument on the one hand and highlighting the efforts at other synchrotron facilities to likewise provide next generation XRS spectrometers on the other hand. A growing number of dedicated end stations in Europe and worldwide will help form a strong and growing XRS user community. A session on theory and computational aspects demonstrated the range of readily available computer codes to calculate XRS spectra based on atomic structural models. The ease of measuring soft X-ray absorption spectra of liquids at ambient conditions was well highlighted in a session on liquid systems. A dedicated session on high pressure science is proof of the extraordinary capabilities of measuring low energy X-ray absorption spectra using sample-environment-penetrating hard X-rays. The unique aspects of the achievable variable momentum transfer in XRS were clear when a new approach to directly image electronic orbitals in strongly correlated electron systems was presented during the session dedicated to this topic. Finally, a large interest from a growing number of users from the energy materials was apparent in a last session on energy materials.

All participants welcomed the efforts of the ESRF in the field of XRS in general, appreciated the effort to organize this workshop in particular, and committed to future meetings of similar kind.

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4. Hands-on! High pressure techniques at the ESRF-EBS (school)

Dates of the workshop 17-21 June 2019
Expected number of participants 80 maximum for lectures
30 maximum for practicals
Scientific organisers A.D. Rosa, G. Garbarino and organising team
Administrative Assistant(s) Eva Jahn, Sonya Girodon
Contact email hp-school-ebs@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium plus Beamlines and High Pressure labs (practicals)
Pre-Registration deadline 7th April 2019
Workshop webpage link http://www.esrf.fr/high-pressure-school

Scope

This school aims to give an introduction to high pressure research at synchrotron radiation facilities and to present the unique opportunities in this field with the ESRF-EBS upgrade. It comprises lectures covering the basic principles of SR techniques used to explore matter at extreme conditions as well as “hands-on” step-by-step practicals. This school will promote exchange between experts in the field and our future user community on instrumental developments to exploit the EBS upgrade.

Short report

100 students and researchers from 13 countries met at the 5-day high-pressure workshop held at the ESRF. The main objectives of this event were to present state-of-the-art extreme condition science and instrumentation, propose practical works and discuss the new scientific opportunities that the EBS upgrade will offer.

The programme featured 34 invited lectures, poster sessions and practical works for the students. Introductory lectures covering specific instrumental aspects were followed by presentations at the frontier of the field. For instance, Dr Florent Occelli (CEA, Paris, France) presented the first experimental evidence of hydrogen metallization in the multi-megabar DAC and Prof. Tetsuo Irifune (Ehime, Matsuyama, Japan) demonstrated the feasibility of megabar experiments using nano-polycrystalline diamonds coupled to large volume presses (sample sizes of few cubic millimeters). The high-level lectures were complemented by daily practical works at several ESRF beamlines and laboratories providing basic and advanced courses in high-pressure in situ instrumentation. Finally, the workshop was also a forum to discuss the future science directions in the context of the EBS and establish multi-disciplinary collaborations.

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5. Coherence at ESRF-EBS

Dates of the workshop 9 (14:00) -13 (12:00) September 2019
Expected number of participants 100
Scientific organisers M. Burghammer, Y. Chushkin, P. Cloetens,
J.-C. Da Silva, V. Favre-Nicolin, S. Leake, B. Ruta,
F. Zontone
Administrative Assistant(s) Chantal Argoud, Claudine Roméro
Contact email coherence-ebs@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 20th July 2019
Workshop webpage link http://www.esrf.fr/coherence-workshop

Scope

The workshop aims to clarify the current state of the field and identify the opportunities created and challenges posed by coherent X‐rays when applied to real world systems, in terms of in‐situ, operando capabilities, precision and resolving power. The outcome will drive the future directions for development and application of the beamlines exploiting coherence and in particular the new EBSL1 beamline dedicated to dynamical and structural studies in soft and hard‐condensed systems.

Short report

This EBS workshop dedicated to the exploitation of the coherence of the imminent EBS source, "Coherence at ESRF-EBS", took place on 9th - 13th September.

More than 100 participants, including students, post-docs, academic and facility scientists and the founders of some of the coherent X-ray techniques got together to discuss a myriad of scientific opportunities enabled by the new source. The programme comprised 14 sessions, 48 scientific presentations, 32 posters and 4 beamline status reports from ID01, ID10CS, ID13 and ID16A with corresponding round table discussions.

In a friendly atmosphere the participants could exchange their vision and ideas on hot scientific questions, recent technical developments and challenges. In the last session the scientific director Jean Susini presented the EBSL1 project (a new long beamline for coherence applications), which was followed by a round table discussion.

The workshop was well received by all participants and was a great success. The scientific community expressed a strong interest and excitement in the development of both existing and emerging coherent scattering methods and their increasing availability.

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6. Emerging synchrotron techniques for characterization of energy materials and devices

Dates of the workshop 23 (14:00) -25 September (12:00) 2019
Expected number of participants 60-80
Scientific organisers G. Vaughan and M. Di Michiel (ID15A)
W. Van Beek and  D. Chernyshov (SNBL)
M. Brunelli (BM26)
A. Rack (ID19)
Administrative Assistant(s) Marion Glückert and Myriam Dhez
Contact email energy2019@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 25 August 2019
Workshop webpage link energy-materials-workshop

Scope

The heterogeneous devices which will play a role in the future green energy economy, such as batteries, solar cells, super-capacitors etc, rely on complex interactions over many length scales. This workshop will focus on the application of established and emerging synchrotron experimental techniques to understanding problems from the energy sector, and investigate new opportunities following the ESRF EBS upgrade.

Short report

The ESRF-EBS Workshop on “Emerging synchrotron techniques for characterization of energy materials and devices” took place at the ESRF on 23th-25th September 2019.

Featuring 8 invited speakers, 14 oral contributors and about 100 participants from Europe, North Africa, Brazil, Canada, India and Russia, the scientific scope of the workshop was the application of established and emerging synchrotron techniques for the structural characterization of energy materials and devices.

Introduced by the Director of Research Jean Susini, the scientific presentations from both the invited speakers and the oral contributors were of outstanding quality and ranged over a number of high profile technological topics relevant to modern society. The talks stimulated exchange among users and ESRF staff about the new experimental possibilities and how best to profit from the ESRF EBS upgrade, with experiments gaining in temporal and spatial resolution, increasing the  possibility of studying more complex materials. Furthermore, multi technique (in-situ and operando) experiments will become even more essential for understanding and optimizing properties over many length scales.

The organizers waived registration fees for 11 young researchers to encourage them to attend the workshop, and among them, 5 selected candidates received a travel bursary to cover travel expenses to Grenoble. The 38 posters remained on display in the ESRF mezzanine and in the coffee area during the full 3 days of the workshop and four poster prizes were awarded  to the best posters.

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7. X-ray spectroscopy of magnetic materials

Dates of the workshop 7-9 October 2019
Expected number of participants 60
Scientific organisers A. Rogalev, F. Wilhelm, K. Kummer, N. Brookes, A. Chumakov
Administrative Assistant(s) Claudine Roméro, Agnès Carlet
Contact email xsmm-workshop@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 6 September 2019
Workshop webpage link http://www.esrf.fr/xsmm-workshop

Scope

The workshop will be a fruitful forum for informal discussion of new results and future projects of SR-based research in magnetism, serving also to form new collaborations. Recent achievements and discoveries based on the application of a large variety of X-ray spectroscopic techniques to materials with intriguing magnetic properties will be highlighted. The emerging new opportunities for magnetism research offered by the ESRF-EBS project will be thoroughly discussed.

Short report

More than seventy scientists from over ten different countries in Europe, USA and Japan gathered at the ESRF to participate in the EBS Workshop on X-ray Spectroscopy of Magnetic Materials (XSMM) on October 7th -9th, 2019.

The XSMM workshop has demonstrated to be a fruitful forum for informal discussion of developments of synchrotron-radiation-based research on magnetism – the flourishing field of science, and one in which the ESRF is at the forefront.

The ESRF beamlines ID12, ID32, ID24 and ID26 offer unique possibilities in the field of magnetic spectroscopy under multiple extreme conditions of high magnetic field, ultralow temperatures and high pressure as well as magnetic dichroism in Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering. In addition, Mossbauer spectroscopy could be exploited at beamline ID18 to probe specific atomic sites yielding microscopic information on the magnetic properties of “XMCD-silent” materials.

The workshop was organised in sessions dedicated to specific scientific topics, experimental techniques as well as theoretical advances. The talks given by the best specialists in the field allowed all the participants to have a comprehensive view of the latest achievements and of the envisioned developments in the area of magnetic spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation, in particular of the emerging new opportunities offered by the ESRF-EBS project.

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8. Short-pulse Science with the Extremely Brilliant Source

Dates of the workshop 28-29 October 2019
Expected number of participants 50
Scientific organisers P. Glatzel, M. Levantino, A. Rack, D. de Sanctis, N. Theyencheri, M. Wulff
Administrative Assistant(s) Chantal Argoud, Eva Jahn
Contact email ebspulse@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 29 September 2019
Workshop webpage link short pulse science workshop

Scope

The dramatic increase in the brilliance from the EBS will be a great advantage for all time resolved experiments and many experiments will be done with very short or even single-pulse exposures. The aim of the workshop is to discuss how to prepare the beamlines involved in scattering (SAXS/WAXS), spectroscopy (XES), imaging (XRI) and diffraction (XRD) applied to dynamic compression and/or structural dynamics studies for this new era.

Short report

The workshop “Short Pulse Science with the Extremely Brilliant Source” in the framework of the EBS workshop series, took place on 28th to 29th October 2019 in the auditorium. It was animated by 21 invited speakers and 5 ESRF beamline scientists.

The meeting was attended by 30 participants from Europe and 20 local participants from the EPN campus. The presentations covered the following techniques: time-resolved diffraction, scattering, spectroscopy, imaging and dynamic compression for studies ranging from fundamental physics to structural biology. The experiments all exploit the 100 picosecond X-ray pulse produced by single bunches in the storage ring for “filming” fast processes as a function of time. New results from X-ray diffraction, X-ray imaging and X-ray fluorescence dominated the meeting. Thanks to the EBS, experiments with higher spatial resolution will be feasible in the near future.

The workshop ended with a round table discussion where among others things different access models were discussed. The programme of the workshop as well as speakers' abstracts can be found at http://www.esrf.fr/shortpulse-workshop.

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9. Local electronic structure and coordination probed by X-ray emission spectroscopy

Dates of the workshop 3-5 December 2019
Expected number of participants 80
Scientific organisers P. Glatzel (ID26), O. Mathon (ID24/BM23),
K. Kvashnina (BM20), M. Rovezzi (BM16),
S. Lafuerza (ID26), M. Retegan (EMD)
Administrative Assistant(s) Claudine Roméro, Philippa Lean
Contact email xes-workshop@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 3rd November 2019
Workshop webpage link http://www.esrf.fr/xes-workshop

Scope

Several beamlines at the ESRF have added X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) to their portfolio and further installations are planned with EBS. The aim of this workshop is to give an overview of the new possibilities provided by XES and to obtain feedback from the user community concerning pertinent applications that require further instrumental development (e.g. sample environment, time and spatial resolution).

Short report

100 scientists from 18 countries met at the ESRF from 3rd to 5th December to discuss instrumentation, applications and theory of X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES).

This technique is a cousin – or rather grandfather - of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) but with the scientific questions more focused on chemical problems in (bio)catalysis, materials, environmental and geo-science rather than solid state physics and magnetism. 32 participants gave talks and 32 posters were presented. Three sponsors financially supported the event.

The first two sessions on instrumental developments in XES showed the great variety of spectrometers that are used at synchrotron radiation sources but also in laboratories that rely on other sources of X-rays. The presentations on innovative X-ray instrumentation attracted many ESRF staff members and the auditorium was filled beyond the number of registered participants. Some scientific cases where XES was able to address long-standing problems were presented in the following sessions. One full session was dedicated to actinide research where XES has recently made significant impact.

The workshop ended with two sessions on data analysis and theory that documented the dramatic improvement in theoretical modeling but also the limitations in the understanding of some of the data. The audience participated in all sessions with very lively discussions. The new possibilities with EBS particularly on ID24-DCM triggered the imagination of many participants and new ideas were debated over coffee and dinner.

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10. Sample Modulation by High Photon Densities: Desired and Undesired Effects

Dates of the workshop 11-13 December 2019
Expected number of participants 60
Scientific organisers Peter Glatzel, Narayan Theyencheri, Manfred Burghammer, Alexander Popov
Administrative Assistant(s) Anne-Françoise Maydew, Sonya Girodon
Contact email sample.modulation@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 22 November 2019
Workshop registration page

http://www.esrf.fr/sample-modulation

Scope

The interaction of X-rays with a sample or its environment may affect an experiment in an undesired fashion. This may concern the atomic structure, crystal structure or chemical state (radiation damage) but also other parameters such as sample temperature and sample environment (gases, liquids). This workshop will provide a forum for discussing our observations and proposing measures that address the problem.

Short report

The higher photon densities that will become available with EBS at the ESRF beamlines makes the problem of radiation damage even more pertinent to all ESRF staff and users. In some cases, changes of the sample induced by X-rays achieve a wanted effect. A workshop held at the ESRF 11-13 December 2019 aimed addressed “Sample modulations by high photon densities – desired and undesired effects”. 67 participants attended the workshop with 25 speakers. Participation was heavily impacted by the strike and 3 talks were given by video conference while one talk had to be cancelled. The topic of radiation damage has been thoroughly discussed and documented by the community of macromolecular crystallographers but the topic is much less a matter of research elsewhere. Dose limits may vary considerably depending on the type of sample and the applied technique to characterize the damage. Mitigation strategies may concern the sample preparation and conditions during measurements, X-ray characteristic (energy, pulse duration), data treatment, but also improvements of the X-ray detection chain. Desired effects of X-rays can be, e.g., local changes of the conductivity, emulating the effects of heavy ion impact and combining cause with diagnose when X-rays reproduce modifications that are otherwise achieved using optical or thermal excitations. The organizers are particular grateful to the ESRF staff for their excellent presentations. The attending researchers engaged in long and spirited discussions.

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11. Cultural and Natural Heritage at EBS-ESRF

Dates of the workshop 22-24 January 2020
Expected number of participants 80
Scientific organisers M. Cotte, P.-O. Autran, C. Berruyer, N. Blanc, C. Dejoie, P. Tafforeau
Administrative Assistant(s) Katherine Fletcher
Contact email heritage-ebs@esrf.fr
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 15 December 2019
Workshop webpage link https://www.esrf.eu/heritage-workshop

Scope

Whether through the X-ray tomography of million-years old fossils or the micro-analysis of fragments from impressionists’ paintings, the Cultural and Natural Heritage community is increasingly exploiting the ESRF instruments. Recent achievements and discoveries in palaeontology, archaeology and art science, based on the application of a large variety of X-ray techniques, will be highlighted. The emerging new opportunities offered by the ESRF-EBS X-ray source as well as the improved and imminent beamlines will be thoroughly discussed. Besides, two satellites sessions will be proposed: one as an introduction session to explain basic principles of the ESRF to non-experts and one comprising two tutorials on data analysis and one practical on X-ray tomography.

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12. Dark-Field X-ray Microscopy for EBSL2

Dates of the workshop 15-17 April 2020
Expected number of participants 60
Scientific organisers C. Detlefs, H.F. Poulsen
Administrative Assistant(s) Eva Jahn, Sonya Girodon
Contact email  
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Workshop webpage link  

Scope

Dark‐field X‐ray  microscopy  is  a  newly  developed  technique  to  measure  orientation  and  strain  in  crystalline  materials  with  spatial  resolution  down  to  100  nm.  At  the  end  of  the  EBS  shutdown, Beamline  ID06  HXRM  will  be  the  first  instrument  worldwide  to  offer  this technique via a general  user programme. Furthermore, the project has been selected as one  of  the  Upgrade  Beamlines, EBSL2, to be constructed on ID03.

The  aim  of the proposed  workshop is  to present this new  instrument  and  seed  a  new  user  community,  and,  via  discussions  with  potential  users,  to  determine  the  needs  of  future  users  for instrumentation such as sample environments, auxiliary measurements, sample preparation, etc.

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13. Studies of dynamically compressed matter with X-rays (DyCoMaX)

Dates of the workshop 7-9 July 2020
Expected number of participants 70-80
Scientific organisers O. Mathon, M. Mezouar, A. Rack, N. Sevelin-Radiguet, V. Svitlyk, R. Torchio (Chair), M. Wulff
Administrative Assistant(s) C. Roméro, E.S. Ryan
Contact email dycomax2020@esrf.fr  
Venue ESRF Auditorium
Registration deadline 7 June 2020
Workshop webpage link https://www.esrf.eu/dycomax-workshop

Scope

Dynamic compression offers a route to extreme conditions of pressure and temperature that go beyond what is possible today by static compression. Exotic states of matter can be attained, such as Warm Dense Matter, relevant for planetary science,  fundamental science and energy science. In recent years,  dynamic compression has witnessed a revolution thanks to the coupling of powerful lasers or other shock-generating devices to X-rays brilliant probes, opening new exciting opportunities for the scientific community.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss recent results and new scientific frontiers that can be explored thanks to this combination and inspire new projects and collaborations in particular in view of the opening of the High Power Laser Facility (HPLF-I) at the ESRF, coupling a nsec, 100J laser to time-resolved X-ray Absorption on beamline ID24.

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