Christian Bressler, adjoint professor at DTU Physics

Christian Bressler, European XFEL GMBH Hamburg, appointed adjoint professor at DTU Physics

Friday 01 Nov 13


Martin Meedom Nielsen
DTU Physics
+45 45 25 32 26
Professor Christian Bressler from The European XFEL, Hamburg, has been appointed adjoint professor at DTU Physics. He is leading scientist at the Femtosecond X-ray Experiment (FXE) beamline currently being constructed at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (E-XFEL) in Hamburg. He is an internationally renowned expert in femtosecond and picosecond x-ray spectroscopies and instrumentation, laser techniques, molecular physics and physical chemistry.

Professor Bressler has a long standing collaboration with research groups from DTU Physics; working together on both scientific issues and on instrumentation for ultrafast x-ray experiments at free electron x-ray lasers. The collaboration includes designing and constructing the FXE beamline at E-XFEL in Hamburg in close collaboration with the Danish company, JJ x-ray.

On Monday, 4 November 2013 at 13.30 in building 306, Auditorium 38

Professor Bressler will give an inaugural lecture entitled:

Femtosecond X-Ray Experiments: Towards an ultimate high-speed molecular camera

Implementing and using a suite of complementary x-ray tools in the femtosecond time domain into one single experiment we seek to deliver a more complete picture of the ensuing dynamic processes occurring during the course of a light-driven chemical reaction. This talk will present both the state-of-the-art in selected experiments employing combined femtosecond x-ray scattering and spectroscopies, and deliver a sneak-preview of the future FXE (femtosecond x-ray experiments) instrument at the European XFEL, which aims to deliver a more complete picture of the elementary steps in chemical reactivity, which includes the ultrafast orbital and spin electronic changes together with the actual structure changes. One fascinating goal aims to also monitor the solvent rearrangement around the reacting solute species, since these influence the course and the final outcome of the ongoing reaction.

In the lecture Christian Bressler will present state of the art in ultrafast x-ray science and machinery. With the upcoming E-XFEL in Hamburg, just a 5 hour drive away from DTU, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about current and future perspectives in studying and understanding the nature of the ultrafast mechanisms governing the fundamental processes in the world around us.

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