Prof. Dr. Luc Patthey

Patthey Luc

Head of Laboratory for Advanced Spectroscopy and X-ray Sources (LSX)

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI


Titular Professor at University of Fribourg


Luc Patthey is Titular Professor at the University of Fribourg, as well as head of the Laboratory for Advanced Spectroscopy and X-ray Sources (LSX) at PSI. He did all his degrees at the University of Lausanne 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 joined 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 Stanford 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 of the SwissFEL project and, in 2017 took over the responsibility for the SwissFEL-photonic project. He is currently in charge of the SwissFEL phase II project, the Athos soft X-ray beamline.

Institutional Responsibilities

The Laboratory for Advanced Spectroscopy and X-ray Sources (LSX) is one of the seven laboratories in the Photon Science (PS) Division. The LSX is responsible for the design and the realization of novel schemes for insertion devices, optics, photon diagnostics and instrumentation by of large projects for the Swiss Light Source (SLS) as well as for the Swiss X-ray Free Electron Laser (SwissFEL). Luc Patthey is member of the strategy group “Free Electron Lasers” by LEAPS – the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources and member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Soft X-ray Laser (SXL), Max IV, Lund, Sweden. In the past member of MAX IV Program Advice Committee, Committee for the Review MAX IV soft X-ray beamlines, DORIS III Project Review Panel, HASYLAB-DESY, and Diamond User Working Group, UK. He is member of the program committee for international conferences and reviewer for funding agencies and journals.

Scientific Research

Luc Patthey’s scientific research is currently focused on large scale instrument science for photon science. Projects include the development novel schemes for undulator, optical beam transport and instrumentation for Synchtrotron and X-FEL. In addition, scientific research covers ultrafast dynamics in condensed material and quantum matter studied by resonance X-ray scattering and high resolution photo-electron spectroscopy on high correlated electron material.

Selected Publications

For an extensive overview we kindly refer you to our publication repository DORA.

The SwissFEL soft X-ray free-electron laser beamline: Athos, Rafael Abela, Arturo Alarcon, Jurgen Alex, Christopher Arrell, Vladimir Arsov, Simona Bettoni, Markus Bopp, Christoph Bostedt Hans-Heinrich Braun, Marco Calvi, Tine Celcer, Paolo Craievich, Andreas Dax, Philipp Dijkstal, Sladana Dordevic, Eugenio Ferrari, Uwe Flechsig, Rolf Follath, Franziska Frei, Nazareno Gaiffi, Zheqiao Geng, Christopher Gough, Nicole Hiller, Stephan Hunziker, Martin Huppert, Rasmus Ischebeck, Haimo Jöhri, Pavle Juranic, Roger Kalt, Maik Kaiser, Boris Keil, Christoph Kittel, René Künzi, Thomas Lippuner, Florian Löhl, Fabio Marcellini, Goran Marinkovic, Cigdem Ozkan Loch, Gian Luca Orlandi, Bruce Patterson, Claude Pradervand, Martin Paraliev, Marco Pedrozzi, Eduard Prat, Predrag Ranitovic, Sven Reiche, Colette Rosenberg, Stephane Sanfilippo, Thomas Schietinger, Thomas Schmidt, Kirsten Schnorr, Cristian Svetina, Alexandre Trisorio, Carlo Vicario, Didier Voulot, Ulrich Wagner, Hans Jakob Wörner, Adriano Zandonella, Luc Patthey, Romain Ganter, J. Synchrotron Rad. (2019). 26, 1073–1084,

SwissFEL: The Swiss X-ray Free Electron Laser, Milne, Christopher J.; Schietinger, Thomas; Aiba, Masamitsu; Alarcon, Arturo; Alex, Juergen; Anghel, Alexander; Arsov, Vladimir; Beard, Carl; Beaud, Paul; Bettoni, Simona; Bopp, Markus; Brands, Helge; Broennimann, Manuel; Brunnenkant, Ingo; Calvi, Marco; Citterio, Alessandro; Craievich, Paolo; Csatari Divall, Marta; Daellenbach, Mark; D'Amico, Michael; Dax, Andreas; Deng, Yunpei; Dietrich, Alexander; Dinapoli, Roberto; Divall, Edwin; Dordevic, Sladana; Ebner, Simon; Erny, Christian; Fitze, Hansrudolf; Flechsig, Uwe; Follath, Rolf; Frei, Franziska; Gaertner, Florian; Ganter, Romain; Garvey, Terence; Geng, Zheqiao; Gorgisyan, Ishkhan; Gough, Christopher; Hauff, Andreas; Hauri, Christoph P.; Hiller, Nicole; Humar, Tadej; Hunziker, Stephan; Ingold, Gerhard; Ischebeck, Rasmus; Janousch, Markus; Juranic, Pavle; Jurcevic, Mario; Kaiser, Maik; Kalantari, Babak; Kalt, Roger; Keil, Boris; Kittel, Christoph; Knopp, Gregor; Koprek, Waldemar; Lemke, Henrik T.; Lippuner, Thomas; Llorente Sancho, Daniel; Loehl, Florian; Lopez-Cuenca, Carlos; Maerki, Fabian; Marcellini, Fabio; Marinkovic, Goran; Martiel, Isabelle; Menzel, Ralf; Mozzanica, Aldo; Nass, Karol; Orlandi, Gian Luca; Ozkan Loch, Cigdem; Panepucci, Ezequiel; Paraliev, Martin; Patterson, Bruce; Pedrini, Bill; Pedrozzi, Marco; Pollet, Patrick; Pradervand, Claude; Prat, Eduard; Radi, Peter; Raguin, Jean-Yves; Redford, Sophie; Rehanek, Jens; Rehault, Julien; Reiche, Sven; Ringele, Matthias; Rittmann, Jochen; Rivkin, Leonid; Romann, Albert; Ruat, Marie; Ruder, Christian; Sala, Leonardo; Schebacher, Lionel; Schilcher, Thomas; Schlott, Volker; Schmidt, Thomas; Schmitt, Bernd; Shi, Xintian; Stadler, Markus; Stingelin, Lukas; Sturzenegger, Werner; Szlachetko, Jakub; Thattil, Dhanya; Treyer, Daniel M.; Trisorio, Alexandre; Tron, Wolfgang; Vetter, Seraphin; Vicario, Carlo; Voulot, Didier; Wang, Meitian; Zamofing, Thierry; Zellweger, Christof; Zennaro, Riccardo; Zimoch, Elke; Abela, Rafael; Patthey, Luc; Braun, Hans-Heinrich, APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL 7 720 (2017),

Perspective: Opportunities for ultrafast science at SwissFEL, Abela Rafael, Beaud Paul, van Bokhoven Jeroen A, Chergui Majed, Feurer Thomas, Haase Johannes, Ingold Gerhard, Johnson Steven L, Knopp Gregor, Lemke Henrik, Milne Chris J, Pedrini Bill, Radi Peter, Schertler Gebhard, Standfuss Jorg, Staub Urs, Patthey Luc, STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS 4 061602 (2017)

Ultrafast energy and momentum resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4, M. Dean, Y. Cao, X. Liu, S. Wall, D. Zhu, R. Mankowsky, V. Thampy, X. Chen, J. Vale, D. Casa, J. Kim, A. Said, P. Juhas, R. Alonso-Mori, J. Glownia, A. Robert, J. Robinson, M. Sikorski, S. Song, M. Kozina, H. Lemke, L. Patthey, S. Owada, T. Katayama, M. Yabashi, Y. Tanaka, Ta. Togashi, J. Liu, C. Serrao, B. J. Kim, L. Huber, C.-L. Chang, D. McMorrow, M. Först, and J. Hill, Nature Materials, Published online 9 May 2016: DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4641

Mixed Dimensionality of Confined Conducting Electrons in the Surface Region of SrTiO3, N. C. Plumb, M. Salluzzo, E. Razzoli, M. Månsson, M. Falub, J. Krempasky, C. E. Matt, J. Chang, M. Schulte, J. Braun, H. Ebert, J. Minár, B. Delley, K.-J. Zhou, T. Schmitt, M. Shi, J. Mesot, L. Patthey, M. Radović, Physical Review Letters 113, 086801 (2014)

Collective Magnetic Excitations in the Spin Ladder Sr14Cu24O41 Measured Using High-Resolution Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering, J. Schlappa, T. Schmitt, F. Vernay, V.N. Strocov, V. Ilakovac, B Thielemann, H.M. Ronnow, S. Vanishri, A. Piazzalunga, X. Wang, L. Braicovich, G. Ghiringhelli, C. Marin, J. Mesot, B. Delley, L. Patthey, Phys. Rev. Lett 103, 4, 047401 (2009)

Experimental evidence for sub-3-fs charge transfer from an aromatic adsorbate to a semiconductor,       J. Schnadt, P. A. Brühwiler, L. Patthey, J. N. O'Shea, S. Södergren, M. Odelius, R. Ahuja, O Karis, M. Bässler, P. Persson, H. Siegbahn, S. Lunell, N. Mårtensson, Nature, 418, 6898, 620-623 (2002)