WavemiX 2021

Virtual only (Paul Scherrer Institut)

Virtual only

Paul Scherrer Institut

Forschungsstr. 111 CH-5232 Villigen

We are pleased to announce the first WavemiX workshop on “Non-linear X-ray spectroscopy” that will take place remotely from January 13 to 15, 2021.

The development of X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFEL’s) has allowed new types of experiments, especially in the ultrafast domain, hitherto impossible. The high fluxes, short pulse durations (reaching the attosecond time scale) and coherence properties of the beam allow for exciting non-linear X-ray experiments, such as various wave mixing schemes, multiphoton absorption, stimulated Raman, etc.

Following the kick-off meeting that took place on September 16, 2020, we feel the moment is ripe to gather the larger community in a workshop to work on future projects and stablish collaborations involving X-ray non-linear phenomena. This workshop is a great opportunity for all the involved scientists to take part in the community, present results and share innovative ideas for future projects within the network. Our workshop will count on the submission of projects in the form of proposals, to be shared and discussed with other members and compose the Book of Projects. The template for the project can be found at the “Project Form” section. Please then upload the filled form into your registration. Projects and contributions will be selected for a perspective paper upon agreement with authors.

Invited (25min + 5min Q&A) and contributed talks (15min + 5min Q&A) will take place between 16:00 to 20:00 (Central European Time), and a round table will mark the last day of our workshop, with great scientific discussions and exchanging of ideas.

Registration is open from December 1 to 31. Looking forward to host you at WavemiX 2021.


                                  YOUNG SCIENTISTS WANTED!

       We highly encourage the participation of young scientists with
            the submission of original projects. We welcome the new
   generation of scientists as an important foundation for the future
                                           of our community.



  • Ahmad Ajdar Zadeh
  • Alexei Maznev
  • Andre Al Haddad
  • Andrei Kirilyuk
  • Antonio Picon
  • Benjamin Van Kuiken
  • Carlo Callegari
  • Caterina Vozzi
  • Chris Milne
  • Christian Bressler
  • Christian David
  • Christian Ott
  • Christina Boemer
  • Christoph Bostedt
  • Christopher Arrell
  • Claude Monney
  • Claudio Masciovecchio
  • Clemens von Korff Schmising
  • Craig Schwartz
  • Cristian Svetina
  • Daniel Keefer
  • Daniel Slaughter
  • Danny Fainozzi
  • Daria Gorelova
  • David Reis
  • Denitsa Baykusheva
  • Dietrich Krebs
  • Diling Zhu
  • Dmitry Khakhulin
  • Douwe Wiersma
  • Eduard Prat Costa
  • Elia Razzoli
  • Emiliano Principi
  • Erik T.J. Nibbering
  • Eugenio Ferrari
  • Eugenio Paris
  • Fabian Holzmeier
  • Federico Boscherini
  • Filippo Bencivenga
  • Flavio Giorgianni
  • Frank Stienkemeier
  • Frederico Lima
  • Gabriel Aeppli
  • Gheorghe Chiuzbaian
  • Giulia Mancini
  • Giuseppe Fumero
  • Gregor Knopp
  • György Vankó
  • hugo marroux
  • Ichiro Inoue
  • Jacopo Simoni
  • Jacopo Stefano Pelli Cresi
  • Jakub Szlachetko
  • James Gaynor
  • James Penner-Hahn
  • Jan Schunck
  • Janne Ihalainen
  • Jeffrey Davis
  • Jerry Hastings
  • Jerry Hastings
  • Joan `Vila-Comamala
  • Jon Marangos
  • Jonas Knurr
  • Jude Deschamps
  • Jérémy Rouxel
  • Katharina Kubicek
  • Keith Nelson
  • Kelvin Yao
  • Kensuke Tono
  • Kevin Prince
  • Kirsten Schnorr
  • Laurent Mercadier
  • Lazaros Varvarezos
  • Liang Tan
  • Luc Patthey
  • Lucas Lafeta
  • Ludmila Leroy
  • Lukas Bruder
  • Mahmudul Hasan
  • Majed Chergui
  • Marcello Coreno
  • Marco Stampanoni
  • Marco Zangrando
  • Mariano Trigo
  • Markus Scholz
  • Marta Brioschi
  • Martin Beye
  • Martin Centurion
  • Marvin Reuner
  • Masoud Mehrjoo
  • Massimo Altarelli
  • Matjaž Žitnik
  • Matteo Mitrano
  • Matteo Pancaldi
  • Matthias Fuchs
  • maurizio sacchi
  • Michael Meyer
  • Michael Zuerch
  • Michele Di Fraia
  • Mirjam van Daalen
  • Mohammed Hassan
  • Muhammad Ashiq Fareed
  • Nadia Lengweiler
  • Nina Rohringer
  • Niranjan Shivaram
  • Nora Berrah
  • Noriaki Horiuchi
  • Oliviero Cannelli
  • Paola Luches
  • Paul Hockett
  • Pavle Juranic
  • Philippe Wernet
  • Pietro Carrara
  • Quynh Nguyen
  • Renato Torre
  • Riccardo Cucini
  • Robert Feidenhans'l
  • Robert Schoenlein
  • Robin Engel
  • Rolf Mitzner
  • Roseanne Sension
  • Sajib Kumar Saha
  • Sakura Pascarelli
  • Seung-gi Gang
  • Shambhu Ghimire
  • Shaul Mukamel
  • Siarhei Dziarzhytski
  • Simon Gerber
  • Solène Oberli
  • Spela Krusic
  • Stefano Cavaletto
  • Sungwon Chung
  • Sven Reiche
  • Tadas Balciunas
  • Taewon Chung
  • Taito Osaka
  • Tamás Keszthelyi
  • Tamás Rozgonyi
  • Thomas Ding
  • Thomas Pfeifer
  • Thomas Tschentscher
  • Thorsten Weber
  • Valeriu Scutelnic
  • Walter Drisdell
  • Wojciech Błachucki
  • Wojciech Gawelda
  • Yanwei Xiong
  • Yeonsig Nam
  • Yifeng Jiang
  • Yijing Huang
  • Yingliang Liu
WavemiX 2021 Survey
    • 4:00 PM 4:10 PM
      Welcome 10m
      Speaker: Majed Chergui (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
    • 4:10 PM 4:30 PM
      WavemiX Network 20m
      Speaker: Cristian Svetina (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 4:30 PM 5:00 PM
      Perspective on FEL based WM 30m

      In this paper, we will discuss how recent advances in the performance of the FELs allowed non-linear experiments at sub-optical wavelengths. In particular Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) [1] and Transient Grating (TG) [2] experiments have finally demonstrated the high potential of VUV/soft X-ray wave mixing techniques. TG experiments at sub-optical wavelength are relevant for the study of nanoscale dynamics in disordered systems as well as in semiconductors. Exciting phonon modes with nanometer wavelength would allow shedding light on a plethora of scientific open problems ranging from the thermal anomalies in glasses to understanding nanoscale thermal transport [3]. Wave mixing in the soft X-ray could be used as well to investigate drug/target intermolecular vibrational dynamics [4], or to measure natural circular dichroism signals [5].

      [1] R. K. Lam, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 120, pp. 023901 January 2018.
      [2] F. Bencivenga et al., Adv. In Phys., vol. 63, pp. 327, May 2015.
      [3] F. Bencivenga et al., Science Adv. vol. 5, pp. 5805, July 2019.
      [4] R. Mincigrucci et al., submitted
      [5] C. Masciovecchio et al., in preparation

      Speaker: Claudio Masciovecchio (Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste)
    • 5:00 PM 5:20 PM
      Nanoscale Magnetic Gratings Generated and Probed by Femtosecond EUV Pulses 20m

      The capability to conduct extreme ultraviolet (EUV) transient grating (TG) experiments at the TIMER beamline at FERMI opens multiple avenues for studying ultrafast dynamics of condensed matter on the nanoscale. In the first EUV TG experiments [1], the signal was dominated by the thermoelastic response of the sample. A very recent study [2] showed that with a probe wavelength tuned to an absorption edge of a transition metal element, TG measurements become sensitive to dynamics of the electronic and spin systems. In particular, Ref. [2] described the first observation of nanoscale transient gratings of magnetization. In this talk, we will discuss further experiments with magnetic transient gratings conducted at the TIMER beamline in summer 2020. Similarly to the initial experiment, we used a probe wavelength of 20.8 nm tuned to the M-edge of Co; the excitation wavelength was either 20.8 or 41.6 nm, yielding TG periods of 44 and 87 nm. By using a polarizing mirror placed behind the sample, we demonstrate that the diffraction signal from the magnetization grating is polarized orthogonally to the incident linearly polarized probe beam. Consequently, the magnetic TG signal can be separated from non-magnetic thermoelastic and electronic responses. Our measurements reveal drastic differences between the magnetic TG responses from Co-Ni and Co-Pt multilayers and those from a CoGd alloy. Furthermore, we observe a highly unusual dependence of the magnetic TG decay dynamics on the TG period and excitation energy. We also observe an unexpected dependence of the “coherent peak” on the magnetic field and the sense of the circular polarization of the excitation pulses, possibly suggesting a spin-sensitive nonlinear optics process.

      [1] Bencivenga, F., et al. Nanoscale transient gratings excited and probed by extreme ultraviolet femtosecond pulses, Sci. Adv. 5, eaaw5805 (2019).
      [2] Ksenzov, D., et al. Nanoscale Transient Magnetization Gratings Excited and Probed by Femtosecond Extreme Ultraviolet Pulses, arXiv:2009.13330 [cond-mat.mes-hall] (2020).

      Speaker: Mr Jude Deschamps (MIT)
    • 5:20 PM 5:40 PM
      Nonlinear X-ray Spectroscopy: a novel probe for interfacial dynamics 20m

      Chemistry at interfaces is central to applications spanning energy science, catalysis, energy storage, the water-energy nexus, and solar fuel generation. Understanding this chemistry at the molecular scale remains a grand challenge, due to the complex nature of buried interfaces. This is largely due to the lack of reliable in situ characterization tools with the chemical and interfacial sensitivity needed to track chemical transformations and transport at these interfaces. Recently, soft X-ray Second Harmonic Generation spectroscopy (SXR-SHG) was demonstrated for the first time on carbon films [1]. Aside of surface-specific X-ray spectroscopy, SXR-SHG is highly promising for studying buried interfaces due to the high penetration depth, elemental selectivity, and extremely high interfacial sensitivity (1-3 atomic layers) while providing electronic structure information that is sensitive to chemical bonding, symmetry, and weaker interactions such as hydrogen bonding. In recent experiments we were able to quantify the interfacial bond geometry of an organic-inorganic interface with a precision of 0.1Å [2]. In addition, we studied the second-order phase transition in a polar metal and monitored the displacement of the alkali metal ions within the unit cell of the atomic lattice using SXR-SHG [3] as well as performing SXR-SHG polarimetry for anisotropy analysis [4]. The inherent femtosecond nature of the required highly intense X-ray pulses provides excellent prospects for time-resolved interfacial studies and our most-recent findings show that SXR-SHG can be expanded to wide availability using laboratory sources [5].

      [1] R. K. Lam, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 023901 (2018)
      [2] C. P. Schwartz, et al., arXiv:2005.01905 (2020).
      [3] E. Berger, et al., arXiv:2010.03134 (2020).
      [4] C. Uzundal, et al., in prep (2021).
      [5] T. Helk, et al., arXiv:2009.05151 (2020).

      Speaker: Michael Zuerch (University of California, Berkeley)
    • 5:40 PM 5:50 PM
      Break 10m
    • 5:50 PM 6:10 PM
      Spectral Shaping at the SwissFEL Soft X-ray Beamline Athos 20m

      Current developments of Free-electron lasers are going beyond the limited temporal and spectral coherence of Self-amplified Spontaneous Emission (SASE) FELs. The soft X-ray beamline Athos at SwissFEL addresses this by its unique layout and operation modes. This presentation gives an overview on the expected control of the spectral content in the FEL pulse from fully coherent signals with a narrow bandwidth to an ultra-wide bandwidth of the order of 10 percent.

      Speaker: Sven Reiche (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 6:10 PM 6:40 PM
      Ultrafast X-ray Stimulated Raman and Diffraction for Probing Molecular Coherences at Conical Intersections 30m

      X-ray laser sources provide unprecedented temporal and spectral resolutions, thereby enabling access to ultrafast phenomena during conical intersection dynamics. There, coherences emerge as a unique feature of the non-adiabatic passage. We present several spectroscopy techniques that are sensitive to these molecular coherences and provide different windows into their physics.

      The first application is TRUECARS, where a hybrid broadband/narrowband probing scheme records the coherence signature free from the usually dominating population contributions. On the RNA-nucleobase uracil, we present the sensitivity of the TRUECARS signal to the underlying physics [1]. Through its Wigner representation, the signal directly maps the topology of the potential energy surface around the conical intersection explored by the wavepacket coherence and gives the vibronic energy distribution of the latter.
      In the second application, time-resolved X-ray diffraction is simulated for the photoisomerization of azobenzene, a textbook photochemical process [2]. Besides monitoring the isomerization reaction via its diffraction patterns, mixed elastic/inelastic scattering from coherences emerges as a weak contribution in the total signal. This can be amplified by employing hard X-rays, realizing high momentum transfer amplitudes, where the coherence contribution is stronger. This signature gives access to the transient real-space molecular charge density, providing a movie of the conical intersection passage.

      X-ray free-electron lasers (FELs) relying on the self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) mechanism generate stochastic x-ray pulses lacking phase control. This has represented a major bottleneck, since most time-resolved multidimensional nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy schemes are based on sequences of coherent, phase-controlled pulses. We show that suitable correlation signals averaged over independent realizations of stochastic FEL pulses can retrieve the same joint temporal and spectral resolutions of signals with phase-controlled pulses [3]. This is demonstrated both for Raman spectroscopy and imaging signals described above and can be extended to additional complex multidimensional nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy experiments.

      Speaker: Shaul Mukamel (University of California, Irvine)
    • 6:40 PM 7:00 PM
      Time-Dependent Quantum Model for Attosecond X-ray Non-Linear Spectroscopy 20m

      The recent capacity of X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) to produce ultrashort and intense X-ray pulses gives access to the observation of electron motion in molecules with high temporal (attosecond) and spatial (angström) resolutions. In the present study, we use a promising nonlinear technique called impulsive stimulated X-ray Raman scattering (ISXRS) to produce a coherent superposition of neutral excited electronic states in nitric oxide (NO) [1]. An attosecond X-ray pulse first core-excites the O atom, promoting a core electron to a 2π* orbital. Before this short-lived core-excited state decays, a second photon is absorbed from the same X-ray pulse and creates a coherent superposition of neutral valence-excited states. A time-delayed femtosecond UV pulse probes the induced dynamics by ionizing the molecule, and the NO+ yield allows us to quantify the population transfer induced by the ISXRS process.
      We developed a sophisticated quantum model to interpret this first experimental demonstration of ISXRS in a molecule. It is based on the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the electrons, and takes into account the interaction of the X-ray pulse with the molecule, the Auger decay, as well as the strong electron correlation effects in the presence of a core vacancy. With this model, we are able to provide a quantitative and qualitative interpretation of the ISXRS process, as well as to characterize the X-ray pulse parameters. This work
      demonstrates the possibility to induce electronic population transfer via ISXRS using a single attosecond X-ray pulse, and sheds light on the role of electronic coherences at the earliest stage of chemical processes. Moreover, this study is relevant for future two color attosecond X-ray pump / X-ray probe set-ups that will also permit to probe site-selectively the induced dynamics at a remote atom in the molecule. This joint experimental and theoretical investigation is thus a stepping stone towards studying electronic dynamics in more complex systems and opens a path for investigation of transient electronic phenomena in matter at XFEL facilities.

      [1] J. T. O'Neal et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 125 073203 (2020)

      Speaker: Dr Solène Oberli (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
    • 7:00 PM 7:20 PM
      Resonant X-ray spectroscopy of selenophene with hard-X-ray pulses 20m

      Due to their short wavelengths, hard-X-ray FEL pulses are sensitive to spatial variations within the size of the molecule. They can thus monitor the evolution of the molecular charge and current densities. This is shown for the resonant X-ray sum-frequency-generation (XSFG) signal of aligned selenophene molecules [1]. A wavepacket of valence-excited states, initiated by an XUV pump pulse, is monitored by 12-keV X-ray probe pulses resonant to the Se core states for variable time delays. The associated wavelength of the X-ray probe, $\lambda\sim$ 1 Å, is comparable to the molecular size. By varying the propagation direction of hard-X-ray pulses, we predict observable changes in the XSFG signal, which can be attributed to the spatial dependence of the transition current densities in the molecule.

      We further apply related time- and frequency-resolved X-ray Raman signals to monitor nonadiabatic molecular dynamics. By taking advantage of the correlations between the spectral components of the field, we show that high joint spectral and temporal resolutions can be achieved, without requiring phase control [2]. The approach can thus be applied with existing stochastic SASE FEL pulses.

      [1] S. M. Cavaletto and S. Mukamel, J. Chem. Theory Comput. (2020),
      DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.0c00886
      [2] S. M. Cavaletto, D. Keefer, and S. Mukamel, manuscript submitted (2020).

      Speaker: Stefano Cavaletto (University of California, Irvine)
    • 7:20 PM 7:50 PM
      Coherent spectroscopy of high wave-vector phonons 30m

      Hard x-ray free-electron lasers have emerged as an invaluable tool for studying materials dynamics near and far from equilibrium. Advanced nonlinear x-ray methods will allow us to greatly expand on our ability to understand and control materials properties at the atomic-scale. In this talk I will present results of all time-domain x-ray scattering-based spectroscopies to study transient lattice dynamics in photo-excited materials spanning the Brillouin zone using both optical and x-ray excitation. Ultrafast optical excitation typically produces broad-band coherences in the mean-square displacements of the ions that we subsequently resolve in time and momentum via femtosecond diffuse scattering [1,2]. I will briefly discuss the mechanism of excitation [3] whereby we can measure the excited state phonon-dispersion [4] and momentum-resolved anharmonic decay channels [5] using photo-excited bismuth as an example. We have also shown that to some extent selective-excitation using optical pulses can be used to control which modes are excited [3,6]. Finally, I will discuss progress towards arbitrary x-ray selective excitation using atomic-scale transient gratings including preliminary results of x-ray pump, x-ray probe experiments on cubic perovskites.
      This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
      [1] M. Trigo, M. Fuchs, J. Chen, M. P. Jiang, M. Cammarata, S. Fahy, D. M. Fritz, K. Gaffney, S. Ghimire, A. Higginbotham, S. L. Johnson, M. E. Kozina, J. Larsson, H. Lemke, A. M. Lindenberg, G. Ndabashimiye, F. Quirin, K. Sokolowski-Tinten, C. Uher, G. Wang, J. S. Wark, D. Zhu, and D. A. Reis. Fourier-transform inelastic x-ray scattering from time- and momentum-dependent phonon-phonon correlations. Nature Physics, 9(12):790–794, 2013.

      [2] D. Zhu, A. Robert, T. Henighan, H. T. Lemke, M. Chollet, J. M. Glownia, D. A. Reis, and M. Trigo. Phonon spectroscopy with sub-mev resolution by femtosecond x-ray diffuse scattering. Physical Review B, 92:054303, 2015.

      [3] T. Henighan, M. Trigo, M. Chollet, J. N. Clark, S. Fahy, J. M. Glownia, M. P. Jiang, M. Kozina, H. Liu, S. Song, D. Zhu, and D. A. Reis. Control of two-phonon correlations and the mechanism of high-wavevector phonon generation by ultrafast light pulses. Physical Review B, 94:020302, 2016.

      [4] S. W. Teitelbaum, T. C. Henighan, H. Liu, M. P. Jiang, D. Zhu, M. Chollet, T. Sato, E ́. D. Murray, S. Fahy, S. O’Mahony, T. P. Bailey, C. Uher, M. Trigo, and D. A. Reis. Measurements of nonequilibrium interatomic forces in photoexcited bismuth, arXiv 1908.07161 2019.

      [5] S. W. Teitelbaum, T. Henighan, Y. Huang, H. Liu, M. P. Jiang, D. Zhu, M. Chollet, T. Sato, E. D. Murray, S. Fahy, S. O’Mahony, T. P. Bailey, C. Uher, M. Trigo, and D. A. Reis. Direct measurement of anharmonic decay channels of a coherent phonon. Phyical Review Letters, 121:125901, 2018.

      [6] S. W. Teitelbaum, T. Henighan, H. Liu, M. P. Jiang, M. Kozina, D. Zhu, M. Chollet, T. Sato, J. M. Glownia, M. Trigo, and D. A. Reis. Frequency-selective excitation of high-wavevector phonons. Applied Physics Letters, 113(17):171901, 2018.

      Speaker: Dr David Reis (Stanford PULSE Institute )
    • 7:50 PM 8:00 PM
      Closing Session 10m
      Speaker: Majed Chergui (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
    • 4:00 PM 4:10 PM
      Welcome 10m
      Speaker: Martin Beye (DESY)
    • 4:10 PM 4:40 PM
      X-ray Transient Grating & 2D Spectroscopy 30m

      There are a great many motivations for extending nonlinear wave mixing experiments to the x-ray spectral range. Many are based on high x-ray wavevectors which enable transient grating (TG) measurements with cor-respondingly high wave wavevector magnitude q, i.e. extremely short spatial periods Λ = 2π/q formed by crossed x-ray beams. We have conducted EUV TG experiments in collaboration with the FERMI team at the TIMER beamline [1,2]. The signals reveal surface and bulk acoustic waves with wavelengths of tens of na-nometers (equal to Λ) and thermal transport from the heated TG peaks toward the unheated nulls across dis-tances given roughly by 1/q. Nanoscale thermal transport in insulators shows highly non-diffusive kinetics since most of the phonons that carry heat have nanometer mean free paths. Thermal transport may approach the ballistic limit at sufficiently short TG periods. We have also conducted experiments in which transient magneti-zation gratings are formed. We anticipate measurements with TG periods at or near those of modulated phases such as a charge-density or spin-density wave systems, allowing excitation of the characteristic modes in those phases.

      Hard x-ray TG measurements using Talbot imaging of etched periodic patterns [3] are now possible. We con-ducted preliminary experiments at the SwissFEL BERNINA beamline, led by our conference organizer, with x-ray excitation and optical probing. All-x-ray experiments are anticipated, allowing TG measurements deep with-in bulk samples. Phase-coherent 2D x-ray spectroscopy will also be possible. Even without reaching the highest wavevectors, measurements on molecular electronic transitions will reveal new information that cannot be ob-tained using optical wavelengths [4]. 2D x-ray spectroscopy of nuclear transitions should also be possible. Angstrom TG periods and coherent excitation of collective modes at zone-boundary wavevectors may become possible.

      Hybrid forms of 2D spectroscopy can be conducted using colinear low-frequency pulse pairs or pulse sequenc-es and x-ray probes. This is 2D optical, IR, or THz spectroscopy with signals measured as x-ray diffraction (XRD), absorption, or induced emission which may reveal key information about the structural, electronic, or magnetic effects of phase-related excitation pulses at the lower frequency. Hybrid 2D spectroscopy of quantum phases may reveal the roles played by coupled degrees of freedom in excursions across the multiphase land-scape in particularly incisive ways.

      [1] F. Bencivenga, et al., Nanoscale transient gratings excited and probed by extreme ultraviolet femtosecond pulses, Sci. Adv. 5, eaaw5805 (2019).
      [2] D. Ksenzov, et al., Nanoscale transient magnetization gratings excited and probed by femtosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses, arXiv:2009.13330 (2020).
      [3] C. Svetina, et al., Towards x-ray transient grating spectroscopy, Opt. Lett. 44, 574 (2019).
      [4] K. Bennett, Y. Zhang, M. Kowalewski, W. Hua, and S. Mukamel, Multidimensional resonant nonlinear spectroscopy with coherent broadband x-ray pulses, Physica Scripta 2016, 014002 (2016).

      Speaker: Keith Nelson (MIT)
    • 4:40 PM 5:00 PM
      Research Opportunities with X-Ray Four-Waves Mixing Capability with FELss 20m

      Four-waves mixing techniques (FWM), based on third-order non-linear photon-matter interaction, have been used as a very powerful methodology in the optical and recently in the XUV domains to uncover dynamics inaccessible by linear (one-dimensional) spectroscopy. The latter provides information about the frequencies absorbed by the molecule, but lacks detail about the individual transitions and their coupling. The coherent and multi-wave nature of the FWM technique has pushed forward basic scientific understanding as well as in the development of new technologies.
      X-rays FELs provide an opportunity to extend FWM since they provide atomic specificity as well as temporal and spatial resolution. We will propose possible FWM experiments as well as discuss the experimental requirements.

      Speaker: Prof. Daniel Neumark (University of Ca Berkeley/LBNL)
    • 5:00 PM 5:20 PM
      Monitoring Conical Intersection Signatures with Time-Resolved X-Ray Spectroscopy and Enhancing Them with Quantum Optimal Control 20m

      Conical intersections are ubiquitous features in molecular photophysics that enable ultrafast relaxation channels. Wavepacket bifurcation in these regions gives rise to vibronic coherences, emerging as unique signatures of the non-adiabatic passage. Recently, we put forward several spectroscopy techniques to monitor these signatures on different molecular examples [1-3]. The signals are enabled by X-ray laser sources, available both from free-electron lasers and tabletop setups with different properties. Particularly, high temporal resolution provides access to the necessary timing windows of conical intersection passages, and a high bandwidth enables e.g. stimulated Raman processes between electronic states within a single pulse.

      We present several time-resolved X-ray signals that exploit the capabilities of X-ray sources. The molecular examples range from small molecules with interesting photochemistry (uracil [1] and azobenzene [2]) to a large synthetic heterodimer with more than 100 atoms exhibiting photovoltaic properties [3]. Stimulated Raman and time-resolved diffraction signals are used to sensitively monitor vibronic coherences at conical intersections, retrieving different physical aspects.

      In addition to this, we explore how quantum optimal control of the UV/Vis pump pulse can be employed to prepare the molecule in favourable states for spectroscopic detection. The coherence signatures are inherently weak and can be masked by the dominant population contributions. By shaping the pump pulse and thereby steering the molecular wavepacket, these signatures can be enhanced, allowing for better spectroscopic detectability.

      [1] D. Keefer, T. Schnappinger, R. de Vivie-Riedle, and S. Mukamel, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 117, 24069 (2020).
      [2] D. Keefer, F. Aleotti, J. R. Rouxel, F. Segatta, B. Gu, A. Nenov, M. Garavelli, and S. Mukamel, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. U.S.A., accepted (2020).
      [3] D. Keefer, V. M. Freixas, H. Song, S. Tretiak, S. Fernandez-Alberti, S. Mukamel, in revision (2020)

      Speaker: Daniel Keefer (University of California, Irvine)
    • 5:20 PM 5:50 PM
      Phase cycling and coherent spectroscopy in the XUV domain 30m

      In the visible spectral range, coherent nonlinear spectroscopy is an important concept for the real-time study of ultrafast dynamics in complex quantum systems [1]. Likewise, theorists have suggested numerous applications in the XUV and X-ray domain [2]. However, corresponding experiments have been hindered by severe technical challenges involved with XUV/X-ray optics. These include the demand for sub-cycle phase stability and background-free detection of weak nonlinear signals based on phase matching/phase cycling schemes.
      We present a new concept facilitating XUV/soft X-Ray interferometry combined with phase cycling. The method relies on precise manipulation of the timing and phase properties of the fundamental laser field driving harmonic generation. This enables interferometric XUV-pump, XUV-probe experiments with high sensitivity while omitting any modifications of the XUV beamline. The approach is demonstrated for high harmonic generation (HHG) in a gas cell [3] and at a seeded free-electron laser (FEL) [4]. In the tabletop HHG experiment, narrow-bandwidth harmonics around 14 eV in argon and krypton are characterized with high resolution through fringe-resolved linear XUV autocorrelation measurements [3]. At the seeded FEL, XUV wave packet interferometry is performed to probe the coherence decay of an atomic inner-valence excitation (28eV) in real-time [4]. Furthermore, Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD) dynamics in the HeNe dimer are studied. The combination of wave packet interferometry and phase cycling opens up a palette of methodologies in a single experiment, ranging from high-resolution absorption spectroscopy to time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and multidimensional coherent methods.

      [1] S. Mukamel, Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy (Oxford University Press, 1995)
      [2] S. Mukamel et al., Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 64, 101 (2013)
      [3] A. Wituschek et al., New J. Phys. 22, 092001 (2020)
      [4] A. Wituschek et al., Nat Commun 11, 1 (2020)

      Speaker: Frank Stienkemeier (University of Freiburg)
    • 5:50 PM 7:10 PM
      Open Discussions (via REMO) 1h 20m

      All WavemiX members

    • 7:10 PM 7:40 PM
      Bringing Transient Grating Spectroscopy into the X-ray regime 30m

      Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) is a versatile four-wave mixing technique that has been widely used in the optical regime. It notably provides information on transport and acoustic relaxation. We present how TGS can be extended into the X-ray range using the Talbot effect to generate the transient grating. We further explore how full X-ray pump and probe TGS can be implemented and the physical phenomena that we expect to access in that regime.

      Speakers: Jérémy Rouxel (Université Jean Monnet) , Cristian Svetina (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 7:40 PM 8:00 PM
      XUV transient grating spectroscopy of electronic dynamics in spinel cobalt oxide 20m

      Four wave mixing experiments in the extreme ultraviolet were pioneered at the free electron laser FERMI.1 In these experiments two coherent FEL pulses are overlapped on the solid sample creating a transient grating pattern which time evolution is probed by diffracting a delayed visible pulse. On solid samples, the XUV excitation creates a complicated phonons dynamics which dominates the diffracted signal. Observing electronic dynamics using this technique is a challenge and only smalls effects have been observed so far.2
      In this presentation we report on the monitoring of electronic dynamics induced by excitation at the cobalt M2,3 edge of a Co3O4 sample in its spinel structure. Excitation of the cobalt core-levels at 63.5 eV is followed by monitoring the first and second orders of a diffracted 400 nm beam. To confirm the core-level excitation the FEL photon energy is tuned bellow and above the cobalt M2,3 edge. The time evolution of the diffracted first order shows very little changes with the excitation energy. On the other hand, the second order of diffraction shows large changes in its time evolution depending if the excitation is performed bellow or above the cobalt edge. These changes are tentatively described in terms of the evolution of the spatial profile of the XUV transient grating. The results demonstrate a new sensitive probe to follow XUV induced electronic dynamics with high spatial and temporal accuracies.

      Speaker: Hugo Marroux (EPFL)
    • 8:00 PM 8:10 PM
      Closing Session 10m
      Speaker: Martin Beye (DESY)
    • 4:00 PM 4:10 PM
      Welcome 10m
      Speaker: Claudio Masciovecchio (Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste)
    • 4:10 PM 4:40 PM
      Coherence effects in gas-phase nonlinear spectroscopy with SASE-FELs 30m

      Nonlinear spectroscopy approaches have revolutionized entire science areas from physics&chemistry to biology and medicine. Based on the interaction with several mutually coherent fields, these methods now routinely operate throughout a major part of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to UV with applications from nuclear-magnetic-resonance(NMR) imaging to the study of chemical dynamics in small and large molecules. They rely on the availability of intense light for (at least) interacting twice (two-photon-type) with a system of interest. Intense high-frequency light of FELs thus fulfills this important requirement, fueling the vision of site-specific pumping and probing of electron dynamics in molecules. Another frontier requirement towards unfolding the full potential of such x-ray nonlinear spectroscopy is the exploitation of coherent (or even quantum-)correlated interactions with high-frequency light fields. Impressive progress on this frontier has been achieved in recent years with seeded-FEL schemes, in particular FERMI@ELETTRA.

      Here, we will discuss some recent experiments in which SASE FELs, in contrast to common expectation, are used to drive coherent interactions with gas-phase samples.

      A first example is the strong-field dressing of Helium atoms in a Fraunhofer-type absorption experiment, where a modification of the absorption line shape was observed as a function of intensity [1]. This demonstrates XUV-driven phase control of an atomic resonance on a time scale shorter than the (17 fs) excited-state lifetime, manifesting in the interference of the driving FEL(sub-)pulses and the emitted light from the coherently excited atoms.

      As a second result, a time-resolved transient-absorption experiment in Neon atoms based on a split-and-delay approach revealed a 2-fs coherence spike near time delay zero [2]. This was enabled by mutually coherent pump and probe pulses for each SASE shot, employing the spatial coherence in the FEL beam, enabled by an existing split-and-delay unit [3]. In addition, intensity-dependent Stark shifts on XUV transitions in Ne$^{2+}$ atoms could be observed, indicating strong coupling at high frequencies.

      Spectral interference structures were observed in the >1 eV probe spectrum near 50 eV transmitted through the Neon target [4]. Depending directly on the time delay between pump and probe pulses, this result is a proof-of-principle for realizing coherent pump-Stokes excitation scenarios directly with SASE FELs.

      We propose a cooperative project within the scope of this workshop to drive the evolution of advanced single-shot based data-analysis methods to extract the key (phase) information from such measurements.

      [1] Ott, Aufleger, Ding, Rebholz, Magunia, Hartmann, Stooß, Wachs, Birk, Borisova, Meyer, Rupprecht, da Costa Castanheira, Moshammer, Attar, Gaumnitz, Loh, Düsterer, Treusch, Ullrich, Jiang, Meyer, Lambropoulos, Pfeifer, PRL 123, 163201 (2019).
      [2] Ding, Rebholz, Aufleger, Hartmann, Meyer, Stooß, Magunia, Wachs, Birk, Mi, Borisova, da Costa Castanheira, Rupprecht, Loh, Attar, Gaumnitz, Roling, Butz, Zacharias, Düsterer, Treusch, Cavaletto, Ott, Pfeifer, PRL 123, 103001 (2019).
      [3] Wöstmann, Mitzner, Noll, Roling, Siemer, Siewert, Eppenhoff, Wahlert, Zacharias, The XUV split-and-delay unit at beamline BL2 at FLASH, J. Phys. B 46, 164005 (2013).
      [4] Ding, Rebholz, Aufleger, Hartmann, Stooß, Magunia, Birk, Borisova, da Costa Castanheira, Rupprecht, Mi, Gaumnitz, Loh, Roling, Butz, Zacharias, Düsterer, Treusch, Ott, Pfeifer, Faraday Discuss. DOI: 10.1039/D0FD00107D (2020).

      Speaker: Thomas Pfeifer (Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)
    • 4:40 PM 5:00 PM
      Observation of resonant two-photon ionization of He via a doubly excited state using superradiant FEL pulses 20m

      High-brilliance Free Electron Lasers (FELs) greatly increase the range of accessible experimental conditions and physical phenomena for non-linear studies of atoms, molecules and clusters with VUV and soft X-ray radiation. The seeded Free Electron Laser FERMI in Trieste (FEL-1: 100–20 nm. FEL-2: 20–4 nm) [1] provides typical pulse durations from 90 to 20 fs [2]. However in order to track atomic and molecular dynamics occurring on a faster timescale (i.e. proton motion after ionization [3], isomerization in molecules [4], Auger decay processes in atoms [5]) or to exploit the effect of simultaneous absorption of photons by matter (i.e. collective ionization in clusters [6], double core-hole excitation [7]) the scientific community is pushing for even shorter pulses ideally below 10 fs.
      A recent innovative FEL operational scheme, superradiance [8], has demonstrated the generation of few-femtosecond pulses at FERMI [9] further increasing the range of multiphoton, non-linear studies.
      We will show how the compression of the pulses is achieved in such an operational scheme and how the temporal duration has been experimentally characterized by means of auto-correlation measurements with two-photon, above-threshold ionization of Ar. In addition, we present results of a first experiment on He performed at the Low Density Matter beamline [10] with superradiant pulses.
      Two-photon ionization of He, via the resonant 2s2p doubly excited state [11], was investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy. The superradiant pulse duration was less than the lifetime of this intermediate excited state, allowing us to explore the physics of the resonant excitation. The spectra showed that in this system, two-photon ionization led mostly to excited final states, that is, He ions with an electron in a shell higher than 1s. This result is in excellent agreement with detailed calculations.
      The experiments also showed that a common problem with two-photon ionization by FEL light, contamination by second harmonic radiation which creates a background for the two-photon signal, was not a significant problem for superradiant operation.
      The success of this experimental campaign opens the possibility to implement the superradiant configuration as one of the operational modes of FERMI available for users’ proposals.

      [1] E. Allaria et al., Nat. Photon. 6, 699–704, 2012; ibid. 7, 913–918 (2013).
      [2] P. Finetti et al., Phys. Rev. X 7, 021043 (2017).
      [3] S. Baker et al., Science 312, 5772, 424-427 (2006).
      [4] C. Liekhus-Schmaltz et al., Nat. Commun. 6, 8199 (2015).
      [5] M. Drescher et al., Nature 419, 803 (2002).
      [6] A.C. LaForge et al., Sci. Rep. 4, 3621 (2014).
      [7] L. Young et al., Nature 466, 56–61 (2010).
      [8] L. Giannessi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 044801 (2013) and refs therein.
      [9] N. Mirian et al., Nat. Photon. submitted (2020).
      [10] V. Lyamayev et al., J. Phys. B 46, 164007 (2013).
      [11] M. Domke et al., Phys. Rev. A 53, 1424 (1996).

      Speaker: Michele Di Fraia
    • 5:00 PM 5:20 PM
      XUV-FEL chirp characterization by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy 20m

      Having direct access to the spectro-temporal pulse characteristics of FEL pulses is a key ingredient for state-selective multidimensional spectroscopy at high photon energy which now comes into reach with next-generation XUV and x-ray FEL radiation sources. While the characterization of visible and infrared laser pulses is nowadays a matter of routine, a direct transfer of these concepts to XUV/x-ray FELs, which are based on the self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) process, remains challenging. One of the major difficulties is the lack in temporal/spectral coherence which complicates their synchronization to external timing references.

      Here, we present a new self-referencing method for the spectro-temporal characterization of high-frequency SASE FEL radiation pulses. Without requiring any additional external fields, it is based on the technique of all-XUV split-beam pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy and provides a combined high temporal and spectral resolution (≤1 fs relative timing stability with spectral resolving power E/ΔE ~1500) over a 1-2 eV broad spectral bandwidth of probing photon energies. For this XUV-frequency sensitive timing tool we utilize sequential double ionization in neon via two XUV photons derived from the pump pulse and probe the ultrafast ionization dynamics in real time. We employ the near-instantaneous response of the target system due to ionization as an ultrafast temporal gate on the spectrally resolved probe pulse. This allows to extract the group-delay dispersion, that is, the time-delay vs. photon-energy relationship from a measured two-dimensional transient-absorption spectrogram. Thereby, our measurement revealed a pronounced linear chirp of about 30 fs² [1], while the method is also sensitive to higher orders of nonlinear chirp.

      The characterization method presented here is not limited to the XUV domain nor to femtosecond time scales; it can be straightforwardly extended even to hard x-ray and attosecond pulses, and only requires an x-ray intensity-induced change of the absorbance properties of a moderately dense target medium, e.g., through nonlinear ionization of rare gas atoms [2].

      [1] T. Ding, et al., Measuring the frequency chirp of extreme-ultraviolet free-electron laser pulses by transient absorption spectroscopy, Nature Communications, accepted (2021).

      [2] L. Young, Femtosecond electronic response of atoms to ultra-intense X-rays, Nature 466, 56–61 (2010).

      Speakers: Thomas Ding, Christian Ott
    • 5:20 PM 5:40 PM
      Resonance-enhanced XUV-NIR four-wave mixing 20m

      While wave-mixing processes are widely exploited in the IR and optical regime, attempts to mix IR/optical photons and XUV or soft X-ray photons have hitherto been hampered.
      A spectroscopy based on sum- and/or difference-frequency generation (SFG/DFG) around soft X-ray or XUV resonances promises, like Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS), detailed spectroscopic insights on low-energy excitations within the material of interest, while overcoming the critically low signal levels that constitute the core limitation of RIXS.
      We show preliminary results of an experiment at the free-electron laser in Hamburg (FLASH) on lithium fluoride (LiF) observing both SFG and DFG involving one XUV photon around the Li+ 1s-2p resonance (62 eV) and two 800 nm NIR photons in reflection from a LiF single crystal ($\omega =\omega_{XUV} \pm 2 \omega_{IR}$ ). Within the experimental sensitivity, the corresponding processes involving the mixing of only one optical photon with an XUV photon ($\omega =\omega_{XUV} \pm \omega_{IR}$) were not observed.
      We observe SFG and DFG during temporal overlap of the XUV and IR laser pulses as well as a strong dependence on the XUV photon energy explainable through the presence of the core level excitonic resonance. To develop an understanding of the wave-mixing process involving NIR and XUV photons, we discuss the role of material resonances and phase matching conditions as well as upcoming experimental efforts to explore them further.

      Speakers: Mr Robin Y. Engel (DESY) , Mr Jan Schunck (DESY)
    • 5:40 PM 5:50 PM
      Break 10m
    • 5:50 PM 6:20 PM
      Challenging previous findings on x-ray parametric down conversion 30m

      We present both theoretical and experimental insights on parametric down-conversion of x-ray photons into (pairs of) x-ray and optical photons. This three-wave mixing process promises to combine the high-resolution capabilities of x-ray diffraction with features of optical-domain spectroscopy. In particular, it offers the prospect of valence-selective probing for solid-state systems.
      The detection of x-ray parametric down-conversion is challenging, however, as the nonlinear signal is weak and occurs in close proximity to strong elastic background. In order to clearly distinguish these contributions and thus obtain conclusive evidence of down-conversion, we emphasize the necessity to detect the effect's characteristic phase-matching signature.
      Investigating the scattering signal beyond qualitative considerations, we introduce a theoretical description of parametric x-ray optical wave mixing processes, which we apply to the case of down-conversion.
      Our simulations confirm the characteristic signature, but conclude very low conversion efficiencies at the same time.
      Addressing this challenge, we present the development of an experimental setup that offers a broad acceptance for collecting the down-converted signal while suppressing the elastic background through multiple crystal reflections. Applying our setup ultimately, we do not find measurable evidence of the nonlinear effect, which corroborates the low conversion efficiencies predicted by our theory. On the other hand, our findings challenge previous claims on the effect's observation, which notably abstained from showing the characteristic signature.
      For future resolution of the search for parametric down-conversion, we give an outlook to the development of alternative detection schemes.
      In addition, we consider the prospect of stimulating the effect, which would amount to x-ray optical difference frequency generation.

      Speakers: Christina Boemer (DESY) , Dietrich Krebs (DESY)
    • 6:20 PM 6:40 PM
      Projects short presentation 20m
      Speakers: Prof. Daria Gorelova (Universität Hamburg) , Dr Jacobo Pelli Cresi (Elettra Sincrotrone) , Prof. Jon Marangos (Imperial College London) , Dr Wojciech Blachucki (Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences)
    • 6:40 PM 7:50 PM
      Round Table 1h 10m

      All WavemiX members

    • 7:50 PM 8:00 PM
      Closing Session and Remarks 10m

      WavemiX Panel