SLAC Megaelectronvolt Ultrafast Electron Diffraction Instrument: MeV-UED

Short Description

The MeV-UED instrument, part of the LCLS User Facility, is a powerful "electron camera" for the study of time-resolved, ultrafast atomic & molecular dynamics in chemical and solid-state systems. Taking advantage of the LCLS-II upgrade period, MeV-UED has been established based on the successful research program at SLAC using MeV electron diffraction. This instrument has demonstrated the following properties: high spatial resolution (< 0.5 Å), large momentum-transfer range (0.5 to 12 Å-1), high elastic scattering cross sections, high temporal resolution (< 150 fs FWHM), with the additional benefits of relatively large penetration depths (> 100 nm) and negligible sample damage. See current specifications.

Since 2014, the SLAC UED instrument has been developing robust methods in the pursuit of time-resolved measurements to control and understand molecular structural dynamics and the coupling of electronic and nuclear motions in a variety of material and chemical systems. Driven by a broad array of collaborating teams at SLAC and around the world, the UED instrument has produced an impressive array of high impact publications. Examples range from imaging the motions of monolayer MoS2, to atomic level movies of light-induced structural distortion in perovskites solar cells, along with molecular movies of chemical bond breaking, ring-opening, and nuclear wavepacket at conical intersections in isolated molecules. MeV-UED has also successfully explored various diffuse scattering and warm dense matter physics applications.

Call for Proposals

The MeV-UED instrument, part of the Linac Coherent Light Source user facility at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory encourages scientists from diverse fields to propose experiments utilizing the MeV-UED's unique capabilities. Access to MeV-UED is open to the international community. There is no cost to submit proposals or conduct experiments at MeV-UED. However, users are responsible for their own travel expenses and (in rare cases) for any extraordinary consumables required by the experiment. Please refer to the MeV-UED proposals page for information on the currently offered instruments, and the proposal review process prior to writing your proposal.