PD Dr. Luc Patthey

Head of Laboratory for Advanced Photonics (LAP)

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI
Switzerland



Luc Patthey is head of the Laboratory for Advanced Photonics which is responsible for the design and the realization of novel schemes for insertion devices, optics, photon diagnostics and instrumentation by large projects in the Photon Science Division at PSI. All of his degrees are from Lausanne University including his PhD where he studied angle resolved photoemission and photoelectron diffraction in Oxides and Semiconductor surfaces. During his post-doc, at Uppsala University, he investigated ultrafast dynamics in model systems for dye-sensitized solar cell with synchrotron radiation and resonant photoelectron spectroscopy. He jointed the Swiss Light Source project at Paul Scherrer Institut as beamline scientist in 1998 and, in 2002 was appointed group leader for Spectroscopy on Novel Material. His research focused on the electronic structure of correlated system such as metal oxide and superconductor material in combination with photoemission spectroscopy, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and thin film growth. In 2009, he had a sabbatical visit at Stanford University and at National Accelerator Laboratory SLAC in Palo Alto, California as visiting scientist. He took part in the first experiments at the XFEL Linac Coherent Light Source LCLS for ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter with resonant elastic and inelastic X-ray scattering. In 2012, he became responsible for the Aramis hard X-ray beamline by the SwissFEL project and, in 2017 took over the responsibility of the SwissFEL-photonic project. He is currently in charge of the SwissFEL phase II project, the Athos soft X-ray beamline.
  • Ultra fast dynamics in correlated system studied by resonance elastic and inelastic X-ray scattering and X-Free Electron Laser (LCLS), (see: PRL, Jan. 2012, Nature Materials June 2016)
  • The relationship between superconductivity and magnetic order in high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) copper oxide thin films, bi-layers and multilayers, studied by Angle Resolved Photoemission and Resonance X-ray Inelastic Scattering and produced by In situ Pulsed Laser Deposition method
  • Giant magneto-resistance manganese thin films studied by angle resolved photoemission, spin and angle resolved photoemission, resonance photoemission produced by In situ Pulsed Laser Deposition method
  • 2018 - SwissFEL-Phase II Project Leader, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • Head of the Laboratory for Advanced Photonics, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 2017 SwissFEL Project Leader, Photonics and research, SwissFEL, Paul Scherrer Institut
  • 2012 -2016 Coordinator Photonics, Project Leader for Photon Beamline and Instrumentation, SwissFEL, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 2002 - 2012 Group leader of Spectroscopy on Novel Materials group at Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 2009 – 2010 Sabbatical: visiting Professor at Stanford University and SLAC, California, USA.
  • 1998 – 2002 Beamline scientist at Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • 1997 Senior Scientist, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, by Prof. P. Aebi
  • 1995 - 1997 Post-doc, University of Uppsala, Sweden, by Prof. N. Mårtensson: Resonance photoemission on absorbed molecules on metal oxides using synchrotron radiation
  • 1990 - 1995 Ph. D. in Physics (Dr. sc. nat.), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, by Prof. W.-D. Schneider
  • 1989 - Assistant, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1984 - 1988 Diploma of Physics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Member of MAX IV Program Advice Committee, Sweden
  • Member of Committee for the Review MAX IV soft X-ray beamlines, Sweden
  • Member of DORIS III Project Review Panel, HASYLAB-DESY, Hamburg
  • Member of Diamond User Working Group, UK
  • Chairman of the organization committee of SwissFEL session:
    • Swiss Physical Society Annual Meeting, 2017 (Geneva), 2018 (Lausanne)
  • Chairman of the organization committee and member of the program committee:
    • CORPES09 (Zurich)
  • Member of the program committee:
    • CORPES11 (Berkley), CORPES13 (Hamburg), CORPES15 (Paris),
    • CORPES17 (Hiroshima), CORPES19 (Oxford)
  • Swiss Physical Society (SPS)