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Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC)


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The MEC instrument


The LCLS beam with its high peak brightness, short pulse duration, and tunable X-ray photon energy provides revolutionary capabilities to study the transient behavior of matter in extreme conditions. The particular strength of the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument is to combine the unique LCLS beam with high power optical laser beams, and a suite of dedicated diagnostics tailored for this field of science (including an X-ray Thomson scattering spectrometer, an XUV spectrometer, a Fourier domain interferometer, and a VISAR system). While the large vacuum target chamber makes the endstation very versatile, it has been designed to service key scientific areas including Warm Dense Matter physics, high pressure studies, shock physics, and high energy density physics.

MEC Location

Far Experimental Hall (FEH), Hutch 6 » map
The MEC is located within the LCLS Far Hall, in Hutch 6.

MEC Animation

MEC Contact Information
 Name: Hae Ja Lee
 Title: MEC Instrument Scientist
 Phone: (650) 926-2049

 Name: Bob Nagler 
 Title: MEC Instrument Scientist
 Phone: (650) 926-3810

 Name: Philip Heimann 
 Title: MEC Instrument Scientist
 Phone: (650) 926-8772

 Name: Ruben D. Curiel
 Title: MEC Area Manager
 Phone: (650) 926-2662

MEC Control Room: Phone 7970
MEC Hutch: Phone 7974
MEC Vestibule: Phone 7976

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