AUGUST 16-21, 1998
Williamsburg, VA, USA
Final Announcement
Executive Committee

I. Ben-Zvi
W. B. Colson
A. Gover
H. Hama
K. J. Kim
J. M. J. Madey
K. Mima
G. R. Neil
J. M. Ortega
M. W. Poole
A. Renieri
C. W. Roberson
J. Rossbach
T. Smith
P. Sprangle
M. van der Wiel
N. A. Vinokurov
T. L. Yang

Conference Chair
G. Neil

Conference Program Chair
S. Benson

User Workshop Chair
G. Edwards

Local Committee Chair
L. Ware

Program Committee
M. E. couprie
G. Dattoli
H. Freund
J. Goldstein
E. Jerby
V. Litvinenko
A. Lumpkin
M. Mendenhall
E. J. Minehara
D. Nolle
D. Oepts
S. Okuda
G. Ramian
J. Rossbach
T. Tomimasu
P. J. M. Van der Slot
E. Szarmes
A. Varfolomeev
R. Walker
M. Xie
T. Yang
L. Yu

FEL Conference

About the Conference:

The 20th International FEL Conference and the 5th FEL Users Workshop will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in the heart of historic Williamsburg, Virginia, August 16-21, 1998. The Conference will focus on the scientific and technological aspects of Free Electron Lasers. The Scientific Program (see enclosed preliminary schedule) will consist of invited talks and contributed presentations. Since there are no parallel sessions, most of the contributed papers will be presented as posters. Joint sessions with the FEL Users Workshop will take place during the Conference.

Experimental and Theoretical contributions will be in the following areas of interest:

  • FEL Theory
  • Linac based FEL Experiments
  • Storage Ring based FELs
  • Accelerator Technology for FELs
  • FEL Technologies (Optics and Wigglers)
  • New concepts and proposals

FEL Workshop

Conference Schedule

About the Workshop:

The 5th FEL Users Workshop will be held from August 19-21, 1998, in conjunction with the FEL98 Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The overlap of the Conference will allow FEL users and machine developers to interact and to define future trends and capabilities of FEL facilities. Presentations should focus on experimental techniques and applications research that best utilize the capabilities of FELs. Issues common to the users community and the machine developers will be the subject of a joint session. Applications in the following areas will be covered:

  • Biomedical and Surgical Applications
  • Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Processing
  • Photochemistry
  • Plasma Physics
  • Semiconductor and Surface Physics

One of the joint sessions will include presentations by Nahon and Litvinenko reporting recent advances in storage ring capabilities at Super-ACO and the Duke OK-4, respectively, and emerging X-ray and Gamma-ray FELs summarized by Guertler and Lindau. The second joint session will report a representative sampling of advances in FEL applications, including autoionization of gas-phase Fullerenes reported by von Heldon, macromolecular IR-MALDI reported by Haglund, terahertz spectroscopy of quantum wells reported by Su, and isotope separation reported by Hashida. The Users Workshop will feature Tadjeddine, four-wave mixing by Garrett, and near-field spectroscopy by Cricenti. Emerging medical applications will be discussed by Jansen and ophthalmic FEL applications will be reported by Fowler.

Conference and Workshop Programs

Preliminary session schedule is attached or you can view from the website at the following address:


The registration fee covers both the Workshop and the Conference. A joint Conference and Workshop banquet will be held on Thursday, August 20th.

FEL Prize

Nominations are sought for the annual FEL prize given each year to the person who has contributed most to the advancement of the field. The prize winner will be chosen from nominations by a committee chaired by C. Brau and announced at the conference banquet. Please e-mail your nominations to C. Brau (charles.a.brau@vanderbilt.edu).


Abstracts can be viewed from the website at the following address: http://enterprise.jlab.org/fel98

Conference Proceedings

See enclosed Guidelines for publication of the proceedings.

Registration and Housing


If you are planning to attend, please send in a formal registration form in order for all pertinent information to be included in our database.

Conference registration is scheduled from 5:00-8:00 pm on Sunday, August 16th at the Williamsburg Lodge.

The fee (includes both Conference/Workshop) for registrations received with payment prior to July 17, 1998, is $425. USD. An e-mail acknowledgment of registrations will be sent upon receipt of Registration Form and Payment. The registration fee for payments received after July 17, 1998, is $500. USD. The fee includes registration materials, book of abstracts, opening reception, banquet at the Mariners' Museum, admission to all sessions, coffee breaks, Jefferson Lab tour, and a copy of the Conference Proceedings.

For both meetings, upon registration at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, each participant will receive the book of abstracts, a list of registered participants, a name badge, and information about Williamsburg, the Mariners' Museum and Jefferson Lab.

Payment for registration shall be by cash in US dollars, personal check or International Bank Transfer in US Dollars.

For Bank Transfer: Crestar Bank
Richmond, Virginia USA
ABA# 051000020
For Further Credit to SURA Acct. #6585809

Include participant's name and FEL98 on payment voucher.


For Credit Card: Complete the enclosed registration form with Credit Card information and fax to (757)269-7002, or surface mail to:

Jefferson Lab
Attn: Susan Ewing
MS 12H2
12000 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA USA 23606

or complete the web site registration form (http://www.jlab.org/intralab/calendar/fel98/fel98reg.html) with credit card information.

Please be sure all credit card information is accurate. Acknowledgment of registration will not be sent until payment has been received.

Please complete the attached Registration Form and mail with payment to:

    Jefferson Lab
    Attn: Susan Ewing
    MS 12H2
    12000 Jefferson Avenue
    Newport News, VA USA 23606

Registrations may be submitted by fax +1-757-269-7002 or from the website (http://www.jlab.org/intralab/calendar/fel98/fel98.html) if payment is by Bank Transfer or you have elected to pay at a later date. If paying by Bank Transfer please fax your payment receipt before July 17, 1998. You will not receive acknowledgment of registration until payment is received.

Companion Registration:

Companion names must be included on the Registration Form in order to have a name badge. There will be a fee of $50. USD for companions wishing to attend the Conference & Workshop Banquet on Thursday, August 20th. This fee should be enclosed with the registration form or paid at the registration desk.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations prior to July 17, 1998 - a 25% cancellation fee will apply.
  • Cancellations after July 17, 1998 - a 50% cancellation fee will apply.
  • All refunds will be made after the conference.

Housing: (see www.history.org for details on accommodations and Colonial Williamsburg)

Blocks of rooms have been set aside for participants of the Conference and Workshop from August 16 - August 21 as follows:

Williamsburg Lodge & Conference Center

Located in the historic district, the Lodge specializes in elegant yet casual colonial hospitality. Facilities on the grounds include fitness center, cafe, restaurant, wide verandahs.

Main/East/South Wings $110.00 USD per night plus 8.5% tax

Main Bldg. - contains guest registration area, dining room, coffee shop, gift shop, cocktail lounge and 41 guest rooms.

East Wing - 48 guest rooms overlooking the swimming pool and garden vistas.

South Wing - 51 guest rooms with queen-size bed. Also available, parlors or hospitality suites.

Tazewell/West Wings $131.00 USD per night plus 8.5% tax

Tazewell - 114 guest rooms, including 9 suites, all with mini-bars, surrounding an inner courtyard. Most have balconies and two queen-size beds.

West Wing - 57 guest room, including 12 suites planned for conference hospitality, looking out on duck ponds and the scenic Colonial Parkway.

Governor's Inn $79.00 USD per night plus 8.5% tax

Also a colonial Williamsburg property, the Governor's Inn is located 3 blocks from the historic area, approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Lodge. Free shuttle service is available. Facilities include swimming pool and gift shop.

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements (ask for FEL98 Conference/Workshop rates). Reservations for the blocks of rooms must be confirmed by July 17, 1998. After this date rooms will be confirmed on a space available only basis at the conference rate. The toll-free number for reservations for both the Williamsburg Lodge and the Governor's Inn is +1-800-447-8679, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EST. The hotels do accept credit cards (Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diner's Club) and require one night's deposit for room and tax. Deposits are refundable with receipt of at least a 48-hour cancellation notice prior to arrival. Check-in time is after 3:00pm on the day of arrival and Check-out time is 12:00 noon on the day of departure. All participants wishing to stay the nights of August 21, 22, 23, can do so, space available, at the special Conference rate with required advance reservations.


I. By Phone

Call +1-800-261-9350 (toll-free) or +1-757-220-7735 (direct to group reservation office) Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Ask for FEL98 (or Jefferson Lab) Have credit card information ready

II. By Fax

Fax reservations to +1-757-220-7729 Include credit card information and signature

III. International Registration

International callers can go through the AT&T Translation Service 1) Call +1-800-874-9426 2) Operator asks "What language?" 3) Tell the operator you want to make reservations at Colonial Williamsburg and you will be connected to the reservations office. 4) Proceed as above

IV. Electronic Access

Website reservations www.history.org Locate the reservation page and follow instructions E-mail reservations info@cwf.org

V. Without Credit Cards

For people who do not have credit cards: 1) Call in to make reservations (by phone above) 2) Specify FEL98 (or Jefferson Lab) 3) State that you do not have a credit card and would like to mail a check or money order 4) Find out the amount required and MAIL IT IMMEDIATELY 5) A "courtesy hold" will be put on your room reservation for up to 14 days but a check or money order must be received by the hotel within this 14 day hold to confirm your reservation


BY AIRLINE: Three nearby airports serve Williamsburg. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News is 14 miles away. Richmond International Airport and Norfolk International Airport are approximately 45 miles from the city. Regular limousine service is available between each airport and Colonial Williamsburg's hotel facilities.

BY RAIL: Williamsburg is served by Amtrak from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond with daily service.

BY AUTOMOBILE: Williamsburg is easily accessible from Interstate 64, about midway between the cities of Richmond and Norfolk.


FEL 98 cannot accept liability for injuries or losses sustained from accidents or other occurrences that may arise in connection with the conference/workshop. We recommend that participants subscribe to appropriate travel and health insurance.

Social Events

Welcome Reception:

There will be a welcome reception on Sunday, August 16th from 5:00-8:00pm in the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center.


The acclaimed Mariners' Museum, with its world-class maritime collections, will be the site of the conference/workshop banquet on Thursday evening, August 20th (www.mariner.org/mariner).

Tours, etc.

The conference/workshop schedule includes a tour of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, at the Jefferson Lab site in Newport News. Visitors will be able to see the new high average power FEL facility with over 600m2 of user laboratories devoted to industrial applications (www.jlab.org/FEL/).

For tour information of Colonial Williamsburg call this toll free number +1-800- 447-8679. There will also be information available at the conference registration desk and at the hotels (www.history.org).


Tour of the Duke University FEL Laboratory in Durham, NC.

A tour of the Duke University FEL Laboratory will be conducted after the FEL98 Conference and Workshop in Williamsburg. Duke University is approximately three hours from Williamsburg. It will be a good opportunity to visit an operational UV/VUV FEL facility. The storage ring driven OK-4 FEL at Duke lased at 226 nm, the shortest wavelength for a free electron laser in April, 1998, and will attempt to lase at 193 nm this summer. This source has been and will continue to be used for a variety of applications in the areas of medicine, solid state physics, and chemistry. In addition, a monochromatic polarized gamma-ray beam generated by the FEL system will be used for extensive nuclear physics research and cancer therapy. We will demonstrate FEL lasing during the tour. Besides the FEL Lab tour, a visit to one of the historical James River plantations, the Duke University campus, and the Duke garden will be included. The planned schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August 22, 1998

*Cost: $20.00 per person (includes transportation and lunch)


8:00 am Departure from Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center
10:15 am Tour begins at one of the James River plantations
13:00 pm Arrive at the Duke FEL Laboratory in Durham
13:00 - 14:00 pm Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 pm Tour of the Duke FEL Lab and related facilities
15:30 -16:30 pm Tour of the Duke University campus
16:30 pm Departure to Williamsburg **
20:00 pm Arrive in Williamsburg

*This tour is partially supported by the Department of Physics at Duke University
We will provide transportation from Duke to the RDU International Airport if requested.
The RDU airport is only 20 min. from Duke.

If you are interested in the "Tour of the Duke FEL Laboratory" and need more information, please send an e-mail to park@fel.duke.edu or fax +1 919 660 2671, phone +1 919 660 2681 (Doris Albright or Denise Gemble) by August 14, 1998. Please sign up in advance.

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