III. Plasma Physics with X- rays

held March 5-7, 2003 at DESY, Hamburg

Plasma states from the electron sea in metals, via the warm dense matter up to the states of hot temperature and high pressure are in the focus of many scientific domains: Material sciences, condensed-matter and astrophysics are few examples only. Plasma sources are further investigated to build X-ray lasers. Due to limitations in flux and time structure only few attempts have been made yet to use X-ray sources to investigate plasma states. Even more demanding is the use of X-ray sources to produce plasmas. X-ray FELs can offer the requirements to these experiments.
The lectures present different areas of plasma physics where highly brilliant X-ray souces could provide new experimental access, both in analysing and generating plasmas. Of particular consideration is the time period immediately following the generation of the plasma state. Several experimental techniques will be discussed including their requirements and possible realisation. Furthermore, an overview of various sources for these kind of investigations is provided.

Topics of the course

  • Interaction of intense short-wavelength radiation with matter
  • Generation of plasma states by X-rays
  • Plasma properties and X-ray properties of plasmas
  • Ultrafast dynamics of the plasma state
  • Warm dense matter and astrophysics
  • X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray scattering experiments
  • Laser- and accelerator-based sources for X-ray plasma physics


  • E. Fill (MPQ Garching)
  • E. Förster (University Jena)
  • H. Merdji (CEA Saclay)
  • J. Meyer-ter-Vehn (MPQ Garching)
  • Th. Möller (DESY Hamburg)
  • R. Redmer (University Rostock)
  • D. Riley (Queens University Belfast)
  • F. Rosmej (GSI Darmstadt)
  • W. Rozmus (University Alberta)
  • R. Sauerbrey (University Jena)
  • J. Trümper (MPE Garching)
  • I. Uschmann (University Jena)


The organisers like to acknowledge additional funding for this course by the European Round Table for Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers, an initiative supported by the European Commission.