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Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, The Division of Materials Science @SLAC

Theory Institute for Materials and Energy Spectroscopies

Funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division

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Vision Statement

To develop a world class program on the theory of spectroscopy, with the goal of understanding, and controlling non-equilibrium phenomena and the emergent dynamics of coupled charge, spin, lattice, and orbital degrees of freedom at their natural time- and length-scales, utilizing advanced theory and numerical simulations and a unique set of light sources spanning THz to X-rays, with particular emphasis on science that is enabled by the west coast light sources: the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) & Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory & the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).


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What is TIMES?

Theory Institute for Materials and Energy Spectroscopies (TIMES)


TIMES is funded by the U.S. Department of EnergyOffice of ScienceOffice of Basic Energy Sciences at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, also with activities at the University of Washington and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The primary objective of TIMES is to incubate and develop advanced theories and numerical algorithms, and perform the associated simulations for addressing cutting-edge problems in materials and energy sciences at advanced and next-generation photon facilities. TIMES focuses on three key research efforts centered on the creation and curation of modern codes and simulations for spectropscopy of novel materials.


Developing robust and flexible toolsets for spectroscopies, capable of simulating a suite of measurements under present and future conditions at next generation synchrotron and neutron sources.


Developing and exploiting basic methodologies and algorithms to address non-equilibrium x-ray spectroscopies under present and future conditions at LCLS and LCLS-II.


Linking state-of-the-art applied math methods to computational algorithms for spectroscopy.

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TIMES Contact Information

Theory Institute for Materials and Energy Spectroscopies (TIMES)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Rd., MS 72
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

Lead PI
Thomas P. Devereaux
phone: (650) 736-7574

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