Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC)

MEC scientists discussing a spectrometer diagnostic

Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) is a department in the Science, Research, and Development division of LCLS. We support user experiments and instrument improvements on the MEC endstation of LCLS. Our research thrusts include fundamental properties of isochorically heated dense plasmas, ultrafast X-ray imaging of driven materials and plasmas, and high intensity laser-matter interactions. We perform experiments in these areas at MEC and other LCLS instruments, other FEL facilities, and high power laser facilities such as those in LaserNetUS. We are also involved in defining the scientific requirements of the MEC-U project.

Please feel free to reach out to the department head Gilliss Dyer, if you have any questions. We are interested in discussing your ideas for future experiments or joint projects.