A big welcome to our new postdoc, Varun Mapara!

Varun Mapara is a joint postdoc with the Bergmann, Kawasaki, and Xiao labs at UW-Madison as part of our MRSEC collaboration. Varun specializes in ultrafast spectroscopy and the characterization of novel materials in high magnetic fields.

We are all excited to have him as a part of the MRSEC/X-FAST team!

Internship Update

Zain Abhari is having lots of fun at SACLA in Japan, while working on projects related to nonlinear x-ray optics!

Pictured below is Zain Abhari and her team: Gota Yamaguchi, Ichiro Inoue, and Yuichi Inubushi next to one of their projects.

LCLS Technical Note published by undergraduate student, Muneeza Munawar!

During her Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), Muneeza worked with Zachary Wolf, a lead scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. In her work, she helped with the preparations for the magnetic measurements of the new superconducting undulators to be built at SLAC. The great work she did was published as an LCLS Technical Note, a publication in which cutting edge research is shared internally before being published on a larger scale. Congratulations Muneeza on your hard work! See her Technical Note here: https://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu/lcls/technotes/LCLS-TN-23-8.pdf

Welcome new research fellow Erzsi Szilagyi!

She has just been awarded the M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship from the American Physical Society. She will be a research fellow in the Bergmann Group and stationed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working with Junko Yano.

Major NSF-sponsored materials research center funded for $18 million

MRSEC Education Group – UW–Madison

The Bergmann Lab is one of 10 groups that have come together to form an interdisciplinary research group under MRSEC.  Our group’s goal is to work towards upgrading the X-FAST instrument, our XUV tabletop setup, into a national user facility. Together, we are working towards the goal of advancing the field of information processing, and increasing the efficiency of high-speed data storage.


For more information, see the following links:

UW Madison College of Engineering News

NSF News

Welcoming our new post doc, Tom Linker!

Tom Linker has a joint post doc position with us and Stanford University. He will be stationed at the Stanford PULSE Institute. Tom’s work focuses on studying stimulated x-ray emission and nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy. We are happy to have him as a part of our team!

Rounding Out the Semester Together!

As the semester comes to a close, we celebrate with another dinner together before everyone begins their travels for the summer! We missed Caleb and Rafaella, but are excited for them to join us in our next group activity.

Zain off to Japan!

Congratulations to Zain for being accepted to the SACLA Research Support Program for Graduate Students at the prestigious linear accelerator in Hyogo, Japan. Zain will be in Japan for three months this Fall. We are very proud of her!!!

Welcome new undergraduate student, Isabelle Bubnick!

Isabelle joined the group part way through the spring semester. She is a freshman in the physics department also pursuing a degree in Russian. Her project will be to characterize the optimal parameters for high harmonic generation.