Emerging Frontiers at the Intersection between Photon Sciences, Molecular Dynamics, and Light-Matter Interaction

Speaker: Dr. Sergio Carbajo
Affiliation: Stanford University

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Abstract:  Photon and particle sources are powerful tools with extremely high societal impact because they underpin myriad groundbreaking scientific, technological, and medical advancements. Topological and structured photonics can probe, excite, and manipulate matter with unparalleled spatio-temporal accuracy to study new functional materials. They can also carry quantum-level information with many degrees of freedom without suffering decoherence, and thus render new technologies in quantum materials, information sciences, and (bio)chemical physics, among others. In the X-ray regime, ultrafast photon and electron sources, such as X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL), have demonstrated the capacity to make molecular movies that reveal conformational dynamics in biomolecules and ultrafast chemistry at atomic-level spatial and femtosecond temporal resolutions. Motivated by their overarching relevance, we will review some of the most recent scientific and technological advances in photon and particle sources and some of their most important breakthroughs in life, chemistry, and energy sciences. We also discuss the potential impact of emerging technologies to tackle global challenges in environmental and chemical engineering, biotechnology, and other applications in broader scientific and commercial applications.


Biography:  Dr. Sergio Carbajo is a principal investigator at Stanford University and department head at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and joint faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. He graduated with a BS in Telecom Engineering from Universidad de Navarra in 2009. In 2012, he received his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Colorado State University at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. Later he continued his joint doctoral program simultaneously at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Center for Free Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2015. He has received several awards recognizing his contributions to the development of novel ultrafast photon and particle sources, and their application in ultrafast phenomena for life and energy sciences, including the 2021 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship in 2019, the SRI 2018 Young Scientist Award, and the PIER Helmholtz Foundation Dissertation Award in 2015, among others. He is actively engaged in professional service and outreach activities devoted to underrepresented minorities and to promote equity in educational and professional opportunities, and currently serves as co-chair of the LGBTQ+ employee resource group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


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Date(s) - Jan 21, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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