Prof. Dr. Christoph Bostedt

Christoph Bostedt

Head of Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation and Femtochemistry (LSF)

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI
Professor for Physical Chemistry
Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Bâtiment CH - B1 375, Station 6
CH-1015 Lausanne

Laboratory for Ultrafast X-ray Sciences (LUXS)


Christoph Bostedt is holding a joint appointment of EPF (ETH) Lausanne and Paul Scherrer Institut. At PSI he is leading the Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation and Femtochemistry (LSF) which includes four beamlines at the Swiss Light Source and the Alvra Endstation at SwissFEL. In addition, he is involved in the Athos project with a focus on the upcoming endstation for atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics and non-linear x-ray sciences. Christoph moved to Switzerland in April 2018 from Argonne National Laboratory where he led the AMO research group and held a faculty coappointment at Northwestern University. Prior, he was a senior staff scientist at SLAC National Laboratory at the AMO instrument of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and also holding a research affiliation at the Stanford Pulse Institute, and a senior scientist at the Technical University Berlin. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg based on research work at Lawrence Livermore and Berkeley National Laboratories. Christoph’s research interests revolve around single-shot imaging of nanometer sized samples and novel spectroscopy approaches at free-electron lasers. He is a fellow of the American Physial Society and recipient of the Röntgen Prize of the University of Giessen.


Atomic, molecular, and cluster physics with intense x-ray pulses at the intensity and time-resolution frontiers

Charge migration and charge transfer dynamics in systems with increasing complexity

Instrumentation and technique development for electron and ion spectroscopies as well as ultrafast x-ray scattering


2015 - 2018 .  Argonne National Laboratory -  AMO Physics Group leader; Northwestern University, Physics Department - faculty co-appointment

2009 - 2015 .  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Linac Coherent Light Source - AMO Instrument Scientist; Stanford Pulse Institute - Researcher

2004-2009 .  Technische Universitat Berlin, Inst. for Optics and Atomic Physics - Group Leader (”Habilitation Position”)

2003 - 2004 .  Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY, Photon Science Division - Postdoctoral Researcher

2002 - 2003 .  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Chemical and Materials Science Division - Postdoctoral Researcher

1998 - 2002 .  Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories - Visiting Scientist / Graduate Student Employee


1998-2002 .  Universität Hamburg, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Dr. rer. nat. (2002)

1994-1997 .  Universität Hamburg, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Diplom-Physiker (1997)

1992-1994 .  Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Dept. of Physics, Germany, Vordiplom (1994)


SNF - Requip: Endstation for AMO sciences at SwissFEL

NCCR MUST: Ultrafast imaging of nanoparticles

PSI-i3 fellows: Time resolved imaging of nanoparticles, Non-linear x-ray spectroscopy for chemical sciences

ATHOS at SwissFEL: Endstation for AMO Physics and Non-linear X-ray Sciences


2018 .  Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of Matter Conference, Program Committee

2017 .  Joint Symposium “Free-Electron Lasers and Applications CLEO Europe/EQEC 2017, Organizer and Chair,

2016-present .  User Executive Committee (2017/18 Chair), LCLS Free-Electron Laser, SLAC, Stanford

2016 - present .  Instrument Design Review Panel for LCLS-II

2014-present . Proposal Review Panel, FLASH Free-Electron Laser, DESY, Hamburg (Germany)

Reviewer for various journals and funding agencies

Member of the Swiss Chemical Society and American Physical Society


Over 150 published articles and 45 invited talks at international conferences and summer schools. For a full list see my profile on google scholar.

A few selected publications:

T. Gorkhover, A. Ulmer, K. Ferguson, M. Bucher, F. Maia, J. Bielecki, T. Ekeberg, M.F. Hantke, B.J. Daurer, C. Nettelblad, J. Andreasson, A. Barty, P. Bruza, S. Carron, D. Hasse, J. Krzywinski, D.S.D. Larsson, A. Morgan, K. Muehlig, M. Mueller, K. Okamoto, A. Pietrini, D. Rupp, M. Sauppe, G. van der Schot, M. Seibert, J.A. Sellberg, M. Svenda, M. Swiggers, N. Timneanu, D. Westphal, G. Williams, A. Zani, H.N. Chapman, G. Faigel, T. Moeller, J. Hajdu, and C. Bostedt, Femtosecond X-ray Fourier holography imaging of free-flying nanoparticles, Nature Photonics 12, 150 (2018).

D. Rupp, L. Flückiger, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, M. Krikunova, J.P. Müller, M. Müller, T. Oelze, Y. Ovcharenko, B. Roben, M. Sauppe, S. Schorb, D. Wolter, R. Mitzner, M. Wostmann, S. Rolling, M. Harmand, R. Treusch, M. Arbeiter, T. Fennel, C. Bostedt, and T. Möller, Recombination-enhanced surface expansion of clusters in intense soft x-ray laser pulses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 153401 (2016).

K. R. Ferguson, M. Bucher, T. Gorkhover, S. Boutet, H. Fukuzawa, J. E. Koglin, Y. Kumagai, A. Lutman, A. Marinelli, M. Messerschmidt, K. Nagaya, J. Turner, K. Ueda, G. J. Williams, P. H. Bucksbaum, and C. Bostedt, Transient lattice compression in the solid-to-plasma transition, Science Advances 2, 1500837 (2016).

T. Gorkhover, S. Schorb, R. Coffee, M. Adolph, L. Foucar, D. Rupp, A. Aquila, J. D. Bozek, S. W. Epp, B. Erk, L. Gumprecht, L. Holmegaard, A. Hartmann, R. Hartmann, G. Hauser, P. Holl, A. Hömke, N. Kimmel, K.-U. Kühnel, P. Johnsson, M. Messerschmidt, C. Reich, A. Rouzee, B. Rudek, C. Schmidt, J. Schulz, H. Soltau, S. Stern, G. Weidenspointner, B. White, J. Küpper, L. Strüder, I. Schlichting, J. Ullrich, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt, Femtosecond and nanometer visualisation of structural dynamics in superheated nanoparticles, Nature Photonics 10, 93 (2016).

L.F. Gomez, K.R. Ferguson, J.P. Cryan, C. Bacellar, R.M.P. Tanyag, C. Jones, S. Schorb, D. Anielski, A. Belkacem, C. Bernando, R. Boll, J. Bozek, S. Carron, G. Chen, T. Delmas, L Englert, S.W. Epp, B. Erk, L. Foucar, R. Hartmann, A. Hexemer, M. Huth, J. Kwok, S.R. Leone, J.H.S. Ma, F.R.N.C. Maia, E. Malmerberg, S. Marchesini, D.M. Neumark, B. Poon, J. Prell, D. Rolles, B. Rudek, A. Rudenko, M Seifrid, K.R. Siefermann,F.P. Sturm, M. Swiggers, J. Ullrich, F. Weise, P Zwart, C. Bostedt, O. Gessner, A.F. Vilesov, Shapes and Vorticities of Superfluid Helium Nanodroplets, Science 345, 906 (2014).

T. Gorkhover, M. Adolph, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, S.W. Epp, B. Erk, L. Foucar, R. Hartmann, N. Kimmel, K.-U. Kühnel, D. Rolles, B. Rudek, A. Rudenko, R. Andritschke, A. Aquila, J.D. Bozek, N. Coppola,T. Erke, F. Filsinger, H. Gorke, H. Graafsma, L. Gumprecht, G. Hauser, S. Herrmann, H. Hirsemann, A. Hömke, P. Holl, C. Kaiser, F. Krasniqi, J.-H. Meyer, M. Matysek, M. Messerschmidt, D. Miessner, B. Nilsson, D. Pietschner, G. Potdevin, C. Reich, G. Schaller, C. Schmidt, F.Schopper, C.D. Schröter, J. Schulz, H. Soltau, G. Weidenspointner, I. Schlichting, L. Strüder, J. Ullrich, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt, Nanoplasma dynamics of single large xenon clusters irradiated with super intense x-ray pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source free-electron laser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 245005 (2012).

S. Schorb, D. Rupp, M.L. Swiggers, R.N. Coffee, M. Messerschmidt, G. Williams, J.D. Bozek, S.-I. Wada, O. Kornilov, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt, Size-dependent ultrafast ionization dynamics of nanoscale samples in intense femtosecond x-ray free-electron laser pulses, Phys. Rev. Lett 108, 233401 (2012).

S. Schorb, T. Gorkhover, J.P. Cryan, J.M. Glownia, M.R. Bionta, R.N. Coffee, B. Erk, R. Boll, C. Schmidt, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, A. Rouzee, M. Swiggers, S. Carron, J.-C. Castagna, J.D. Bozek, M. Messerschmidt, W.F. Schlotter, and C. Bostedt, X-ray – optical cross-correlator for gas-phase experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source free-electron laser, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 121107 (2012).

C. Bostedt, E. Eremina, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, M. Hoener, H. Thomas, A.R.B. de Castro, J. Tiggesbäumker, K.-H. Meiwes-Broer, T. Laarmann, H. Wabnitz, E. Plönjes, R. Treusch, J.R. Schneider, and T. Möller, Ultrafast x-ray scattering of xenon nanoparticles: imaging transient states of matter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 093401 (2012).

C. Bostedt, M. Adolph, E. Eremina, M. Hoener, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, H. Thomas, A.R.B. de Castro, and T. Möller, Clusters in intense FLASH pulses: ultrafast ionization dynamics and electron emission studied with spectroscopic and scattering techniques, J. Phys. B.: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 43, 194011 (2010).

L. Landt, K. Klünder, J.E. Dahl, R.M.K. Carlson, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt, Optical response of diamond nanocrystals as a function of particle size, shape, and symmetry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 047402 (2009).

C. Bostedt, H. Thomas, M. Hoener, E. Eremina, T. Fennel, K.-H. Meiwes-Broer, H. Wabnitz, M. Kuhlmann, E. Plönjes, K. Tiedtke, R. Treusch, J. Feldhaus, A.R.B. de Castro, T. Möller, Multistep ionization of Ar clusters in intense femtosecond XUV pulses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 133401 (2008).

T. M. Willey, C. Bostedt, T. van Buuren, J. E. Dahl, S. G. Liu, R. M. K. Carlson, L. J. Terminello, and T. Möller, Molecular limits to the quantum confinement model in diamond clusters, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 113401 (2005).

C. Bostedt, T. van Buuren, T.M. Willey, N. Franco, L.J. Terminello, C. Heske, and T. Möller, Strong quantum confinement effects in the conduction band of germanium nanocrystals, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 4056 (2004).