PhD: Shooting the Molecular Movie

My thesis at Brown University was based on experiments performed at the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.  The best description of our experiment is in the video below, but there are some great links below if you’re interested in hearing more.

Media Exposure for our Research

Brown University: Questions for James Budarz ‘Molecular movie’ captures ultrafast chemical reaction
Physics: Viewpoint: Making a Molecular Movie with X Rays
Nature: X-rays make molecular movie
Engadget: Crazy fast X-ray laser catches chemical reactions in the act

The Original Papers

The primary publication of our CHD molecular movie

Imaging Molecular Motion: Femtosecond X-Ray Scattering of an Electrocyclic Chemical Reaction

The methods paper describing the instrument designed and built for the experiment

Observation of femtosecond molecular dynamics via pump–probe gas phase x-ray scattering