UCLA Physics graduate awarded the 2015 Young Investigator FEL Prize

Recent UCLA physics graduate, Dr. Agostino Marinelli has been awarded the 2015 Young Investigator FEL Prize “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to free-electron laser science and technology.” The annual award was presented at the 37th International Free-Electron Laser Conference, held Aug. 23-28 in Daejeon, South Korea. Dr. Marinelli, now at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Stanford), performed his PhD work in the UCLA Particle Beam Physics Laboratory (PBPL) under the guidance of its director, Prof. James Rosenzweig.

Dr. Marinelli was honored for his work on a new two-color X-ray laser technique that involves X-rays of two different wavelengths. The method enables important new types of experiments relevant to research in the biosciences, chemistry and materials scienceat the X-ray free-electron lasers worldwide. The Young Investigator FEL Prize is Marinelli’s fourth recognition in less than two years. In 2014, he received the Frank Sacherer Prize of the European Physical Society, and earlier this year he received the American Physical Society’s Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award for his work at UCLA. In addition he was recently named  as recipient of SLAC’s prestigious five-year Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky Fellowships.
This award continues the recent tradition of recent PBPL recognition in the FEL field. Indeed, last year’s Young Investigator FEL prize was awarded to Dr. Erik Hemsing (http://www.fel2014.ch/htm/felprize.htm), who received his PhD from UCLA in 2013. In 2007, Prof. Rosenzweig received the International FEL Prize, and UCLA scientist (now at PSI, Switzerland) Dr. Sven Reiche (https://www.psi.ch/swissfel/fel-prize) received the same recognition in 2010.