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Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC)

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MEC Standard Configuration for Run 13, 14 & 15

Types of Experiments

Two variations of the standard configuration are available: the X-ray diffraction variation (XRD) and Thomson scattering variation (XRTS). User supplied detector cannot be fielded in either standard configuration. User may request all standard MEC beamline devices and diagnostics, and the request needs to be explicitly mentioned in the proposal.

 

X-ray diffraction variation: CSPAD configuration and layout

This variation consists of the ns laser drive beam, VISAR, the backward XRTS and a number of CSPADs. Fig.1 shows the layout.


Fig.1. Beam layout of and target orientation of the standard configuration, X-ray diffraction variation. Both arms of the MEC glass laser are combined and hit the target at an angle of 15 degrees with respect to the x-rays. The target is angled 30 degrees from normal to the x-rays. Backward XRTS is looks at scattering angle of 130 degrees. CSPAD scattering detectors are positioned behind the target, and VISAR is collected normal to the back of the target.

Two CSPAD-560k and four CSPAD-140k will be available. Their positions will be fixed. They will cover the scattering angle θ=2θ_b from 25 degrees to 90 degrees. The exact area that is covered is shown in Fig.2.


Fig.2. Scattering angles collected by the various CSPAD in the X-ray diffraction variation. Y-axis is the scattering angle θ=2θ_b, the x-axis is the azimuthal angle, φ, with θ=90, φ=0 is scattering along the horizontal direction. Light blue is the area which is captured by a detector.

 

XRTS variation: CSPAD configuration and layout

This variation consist of the ns drive beam, VISAR, backward XRTS and Forward XRTS, and a more limited number of CSPADs. See Fig.3 for the layout.


Fig.3. Beam layout of and target orientation of the standard configuration, XRTS variation . Both arms of the MEC glass laser are combined and hit the target at an angle of 15 degrees with respect to the x-rays. The target is angled 30 degrees from normal to the x-rays. Backward XRTS is looks at scattering angle of 130 degrees, while the scattering angle of the Forward XRTS can be changed from 10 degrees to 180 degrees. CSPAD scattering detectors are positioned behind the target, and VISAR is collected normal to the back of the target.

The CSPAD in this variation collects X-ray diffraction for scattering angles between 35 and 90 degrees. See Fig.4 for the coverage of theta-phi. Both XRTS spectrometer use HAPG crystals, and can operate between 4 and 8 keV. They use CSPAD as a detector.


Fig.4. Scattering angles collected by the various CSPAD in the XRTS variation. Y-axis is the scattering angle θ=2θ_b, the x-axis is the azimuthal angle, φ, with θ=90,φ=0 is scattering along the horizontal direction. Light blue is the area which is captured by a detector.

 

X-ray parameters

X-ray beam operation with be in the standard SASE mode (no seeding) for the X-ray diffraction variation. For the XRTS variation, seeding can be requested. Photon energy and spot size are chosen by users.

 

Optical Laser parameters

The MEC ns glass laser will be used and delivered to the target as shown in Fig.1 and 3, so both arms will impinge on the target at the same angle (i.e. 15 degrees from normal). Both arms can be shot simultaneously (7 minutes between shots), or interleaved (one shot every 3.5 minutes). MEC provided phase plates can be used, for spot sizes of 100, 150, 250 or 500 micron, or focussed beam without phase plates can be used. Pulse length can vary between 3ns and 50ns. Flat top temporal profiles will be available; other profiles can be provided if requested at least 2 months in advance. The laser energy is dependent on pulse length and profile, but generally a power of 1J/ns can be provided per arm. For pulse lengths longer than 15ns, a maximum energy of 18J per arm is available. The arrival time of the optical laser with respect to the x-ray can be changed during the experiment, and is accurate within 25ps RMS.

 

VISAR

The MEC line VISAR will be available as a diagnostic (See Fig.1 and 3). Table 1 lists the etalons available at MEC; alternatively users can bring their own. Users can take up to 15 test shots with the laser drive beam and VISAR before the start of their X-ray beam time.


Fig.5. Optical layout of the MEC VISAR system. Two VISAR beds with streak cameras are provided. Etalons for each bed can be chosen from table below, or user can bring their own.

 

Etalon thickness (mm) Etalon diameter (mm)
5.072, 5.077, 8.087, 8.096, 11.006,14.999,15.01 25
25.036, 25.034, 49.96, 75.04 50

Table 1. VISAR etalons available at MEC. All etalons are fused silica. User can bring their own etalons, provided the diameter is either 25 or 50mm. Maximum etalon length that can be supported is 110mm.

 

Targets

The user provided targets will need to be mounted on target frames that are compatible with the MEC target holder.


Fig.6. Drawing of the target frames that are compatible with the MEC alignment stage. The targets are mounted on the right side of the side view (on reference plane A). In the side view, the laser comes from the left, and the visar beam from the right. Dimensions are in inches. The spacing and size of the target holes may be changed, but all other dimension need to stay unchanged. (Detailed drawing available)

 

MEC Instrument Staff

Bob Nagler, Hae Ja Lee, Eric Galtier, Eduardo Granados, Inhyuk Nam and Andrew Mackinnon 

 

Parameter Table

To be considered for scheduling in this standard configuration, users will be required to include a table in the proposal that lists the specific experimental parameters to ensure compatibility with these configurations. If the experimental parameters are not compatible with the standard configuration or if the table of parameters is incomplete, the proposal will be reviewed and considered for scheduling as general user proposal. Please see the  table of required parameters. No fundamental changes to the standard configurations will occur, but some details of the configuration may be updated in response to inquiries, so users should recheck the website before submitting your proposal to confirm that you have the latest information. Address any questions to the instrument staff.
 
 
LCLS proposals are submitted through the User Portal.


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