It has been proposed that radiation from free electron laser (FEL) at Hamburg (FLASH) can be used for ultrafast time-resolved x-ray diffraction experiments based on the near-infrared (NIR) pump/FEL probe scheme. Here, investigation probing the ultrafast structural dynamics of periodic nano-crystalline organic matter (silver behenate) with such a scheme is reported. Excitation with a femtosecond NIR laser leads to an ultrafast lattice modification which time evolution has been studied through the scattering of vacuum ultraviolet FEL pulses. The found effect last for 6 ps and underpins the possibility for studying nanoperiodic dynamics down to the FEL source time resolution. Furthermore, the possibility of extending the use of silver behenate (AgBh) as a wavelength and temporal calibration tool for experiments with soft x-ray/FEL sources is suggested.
Ultrafast time dynamics studies of periodic lattices with free electron laser radiation
W. Quevedo, G. Busse, J. Hallmann, R. Moré, M. Petri, F. Krasniqi, A. Rudenko, T. Tschentscher, N. Stojanovic, S. Düsterer, R. Treusch, M. Tolkiehn, S. Techert, I. Rajkovic; Ultrafast time dynamics studies of periodic lattices with free electron laser radiation. J. Appl. Phys. 1 November 2012; 112 (9): 093519. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4764918
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