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PhotonDiag2015 Workshop

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Guest editors: Elke Ploenjes-Palm (e-mail: elke.ploenjes@desy.de), Marco Zangrando (e-mail: marco.zangrando@elettra.eu) and Daniele Cocco (e-mail: cocco@slac.stanford.edu)

For decades, synchrotron radiation sources have had the exclusive privilege of conducting X-ray science research. X-ray science now has a new forefront to explore: free-electron laser (FEL) based experiments. Photon pulses with ultra-high brilliance, very short pulse lengths, unprecedented degree of coherence and wavefront quality produced by FELs have to be delivered either unperturbed or properly modified to the experimental stations. Together with the constant need for improved optical components and innovative detectors, one of the key factors to fully exploit the potential of such novel sources is the development and implementation of dedicated photon diagnostics. The measurement of the temporal and spectral structure of each single pulse, the knowledge of the effect of each optic on the wavefront, the non-invasive quantification of the power or intensity of each single pulse, and the optimization of the focusing optics become of primary importance for the success of high-impact scientific experiments. All these aspects of photon diagnostics, and the forefront technology in mirror fabrication and metrology as well as in X-ray detectors, were discussed at the PhotonDiag2015 Workshop on FEL Photon Diagnostics, Instrumentation and Beamlines Design. The three-day workshop was held in Trieste, Italy, in June 2015, co-hosted by Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and FELs OF EUROPE. The papers in this issue include 18 from the PhotonDiag2015 Workshop.

Free-electron lasers

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Guest editors: Ilme Schlichting (e-mail: jsr@mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.de), Makini Yabashi (e-mail: yabashi@spring8.or.jp) and Bill White (e-mail: wewhite@slac.stanford.edu)

The papers in this issue include feature articles describing the sources and facilities LCLS, SACLA and the VUV FEL FERMI, giving insight in the development of and possibilities at these facilities. Beamline papers describe the instruments, providing detailed information on the experimental capabilities along with recent scientific results highlighting the possibilities. Various laser systems for time-resolved measurements are described, giving background information on planning experiments, along with contributions on X-ray detectors, non-linear signal response issues and data acquisition systems. Diagnostics are critical to single-pulse machines like FELs. Thus, some contributions describe diagnostic tools and techniques, including new approaches for focus characterization driven by developments in nanofocusing to study smaller and smaller objects at increasingly higher flux densities. New capabilities are constantly being developed at FEL sources and a few such capabilities are described, including spectroscopy techniques and the use of the seeded beam in crystallography.

X-ray radiation damage to biological crystalline samples

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Guest editors: Elspeth Garman (e-mail: elspeth.garman@bioch.ox.ac.uk) and Martin Weik (e-mail: weik@ibs.fr)

This issue includes eight papers presented at the 8th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples held at the EMBL Hamburg in April 2014. The first two cover radiation damage investigations carried out at synchrotrons and the next four describe studies related to data collection at FELs, detailing, respectively: indications of specific X-ray damage to ferrodoxin crystals, diffraction data analysis, phasing of structures, and simulations of radiation damage effects. These are followed by an account of the detection of damage to focused ion beam (FIB) milled samples investigated by X-ray scanning, and, lastly, by a discussion on mitigation strategies in small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments.

Diffraction-limited storage rings and new science opportunities

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Guest editors: Mikael Eriksson (e-mail: mikael.eriksson@maxlab.lu.se) and J. Friso van der Veen (e-mail: friso.vanderveen@psi.ch)

The papers in this issue analyse the progress in accelerator technology enabling a significant increase in brightness and coherent fraction of the X-ray light provided by storage rings. To translate the progress in light source quality into new science requires similar progress in aspects such as optics, beamline technology, detectors and data analysis.

Full list of published special issues

PhotonDiag2015 Workshop
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 23, Part 1 (pp. 1-382, 1 January 2016)

X-ray Free-Electron Lasers
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 22, Part 3 (pp. 471-866, 1 May 2015)

X-ray Radiation Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 22, Part 2 (pp. 195-470, 1 March 2015)

Diffraction-Limited Storage Rings and New Science Opportunities
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 21, Part 5 (pp. 837-1216, 1 September 2014)

4th International Symposium on Diffraction Structural Biology, Nagoya, Japan, May 2013
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 20, Part 6 (pp. 819-1012, 1 November 2013)

Seventh International Workshop on X-ray Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples, Diamond Light Source, UK, March 2012
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 20, Part 1 (pp. 1-208, 1 January 2013)

International Workshop on Improving Data Quality and Quantity for XAFS Experiments (Q2XAFS2011), Photon Factory, Tsukuba, Japan, December 2011
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 19, Part 6 (pp. 849-1066, 1 November 2012)

Sixth International Workshop on X-ray Radiation Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples, Menlo Park, CA, USA, March 2010
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 18, Part 3 (pp. 313-537, 1 May 2011)

Third International Symposium on Diffraction Structural Biology (ISDSB2010), Orsay/Saint Aubin, France, 25-28 May 2010
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 18, Part 1 (pp. 1-99, 1 January 2011)

Synchrotron radiation in soil and geosciences
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 17, Part 2 (pp. 147-298, 1 March 2010)

Advances and synergy of high-pressure sciences at synchrotron sources
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 16, Part 6 (pp. 697-883, 1 November 2009)

Fifth International Workshop on X-ray Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples, Villigen, Switzerland, March 2008
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 16, Part 2 (pp. 129-316, 1 March 2009)

Second International Symposium on Diffraction Structural Biology, ISDSB2007, Tower Hall Funabori, Tokyo, Japan, 10-13 September 2007
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 15, Part 3 (pp. 199-322, 1 May 2008)

Fourth International Workshop on X-ray Damage to Biological Crystalline Samples, Harima, Japan, March 2006
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 14, Part 1 (pp. 1-180, 1 January 2007)

Detectors
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 13, Part 2 (pp. 97-226, 1 March 2006)

Synchrotron Radiation and Nanobiosciences
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 6 (pp. 711-838, 1 November 2005)

Structure Determination by Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction at Megabar Pressures
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 5 (pp. 547-710, 1 September 2005)

Softer Xrays in Structural Studies
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 4 (pp. 391-545, 1 July 2005)

Radiation Damage in Macromolecules
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 3 (pp. 257-389, 1 May 2005)

The Applications of Synchrotron Radiation to Materials Research
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 2 (pp. 123-256, 1 March 2005)

Genomics and BioXAS
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 12, Part 1 (pp. 1-122, 1 January 2005)

Diffraction Structural Biology
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 11, Part 1 (pp. 1-127, 1 January 2004)

XIV Russian Synchrotron Radiation Conference, SR2002, Novosibirsk, Russia, 15-19 July 2002
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 10, Part 5 (pp. 343-407, 1 September 2003)

BioXAS Study Weekend on Contribution of BioXAS to Structural Genomics: Developments in Theory and Refinement Methods, Orsay, France, 30 June-1 July 2001
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 10, Part 1 (pp. 1-112, 1 January 2003)

Second International Workshop on X-ray Damage to Crystalline Biological Samples, Chicago, USA, December 2001
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 9, Part 6 (pp. 327-413, 1 November 2002)

Fifth Harima International Forum on New Aspects of X-ray Imaging Technology with Synchrotron Radiation - Present Status and Future Possibilities, HIF2001, Harima Science Garden City, Japan, 12-14 July 2001
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 9, Part 3 (pp. 107-188, 1 May 2002)

Eleventh International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure, XAFS XI, Ako, Japan, 26-31 July 2000
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 8, Part 2 (pp. 47-1014, 1 March 2001)

Synchrotron Radiation Satellite Meeting of the XVIII IUCr Congress, Daresbury Laboratory, UK, 1-4 August 1999
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 7, Part 3 (pp. 115-202, 1 May 2000)

Synchrotron Radiation and Structural Biology
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 6, Part 4 (pp. 808-944, 1 July 1999)

X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS X)
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 6, Part 3 (pp. 121-807, 1 May 1999)

Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation (SRI'97)
J. Synchrotron Rad. Volume 5, Part 3 (pp. 133-1186, 1 May 1998)



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