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The 24th International Free Electron Laser Conference and 9th FEL Users Workshop will be held September 9-13, 2002, at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois U.S.A. FEL2002 will focus on the scientific, technological, and user aspects of free electron lasers. The Scientific Program will consist of invited talks and contributed presentations with most of the contributed papers presented as posters. There will be joint sessions of the FEL Conference and FEL Users Workshop.

FEL Conference

The 24th International Free Electron Laser Conference will be held September 9-13, 2002 and will offer the following sessions:

FEL Workshop

The 9th FEL Users Workshop will be held September 11-13, 2002 in conjunction with the FEL 2002 Conference in Argonne, Illinois. The overlap between the Workshop and the Conference will allow FEL users and FEL developers to interact and to define future trends and development of FEL facilities. Presentations should focus on application research and experimental techniques relevant to the utilization of FELs. Issues common to the user and FEL communities will be the subject of a joint session.

The four sessions of the Users Workshop will provide forums for:

A joint Conference and Workshop banquet will be held on Thursday, September 12.

FEL Prize

The members of the FEL Prize Committee invite you to make a nomination for the 2002 FEL Prize, which will be awarded at the 24th International FEL Conference this September. The FEL prize is given each year to the person who has contributed the most to the advancement of the field. The prize winner will be chosen from nominees by the FEL Prize Committee. Please send or e-mail your nominations to the Chair of the FEL Prize Committee:

Dr. Stephen Benson
Jefferson Lab, MS 6A
12000 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23606 U.S.A.

Fax: 1 757.269.5519

Please note that the deadline for nominations is May 31, 2002. You can visit the FEL Prize link on the FEL2002 home page for a list of previous winners.

Call for Papers for the Conference and Workshop

To submit an abstract for the FEL2002 Conference or User Workshop, click on the Abstract Submission Form link on the FEL2002 home page. Authors will be sent e-mail confirmation for each abstract submitted. Authors should specify if they prefer their paper to appear in the refereed part of the proceedings or the non-refereed part. All papers will be published in a special issue of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A. Guidelines for preparing manuscripts will be available on the FEL2002 Web page in the near future. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 10, 2002. Authors will be notified by June 14, 2002 if their abstract has been accepted and the type of presentation (oral or poster) they will give. Abstracts will be available from the FEL2002 home page, and abstract books will be distributed to attendees at registration. Questions concerning the abstracts should be sent to


An online registration form will be made available on the FEL2002 home page. In addition to this form, each non-U.S. citizens attending the conference (and non-U.S. citizen spouses staying at the Argonne Guest House or planning to come on the Argonne site) must complete a Citizenship Information Form (accessed from a link within the Conference Registration form). Registration fees and deadlines are listed in the following table. Registration includes attendance at all conference and/or workshop sessions, welcome reception, book of abstracts, coffee breaks, tours of Argonne's accelerator facilities, and a copy of the conference proceedings. Tickets for the banquet and daily lunches are not included in the registration fee. All prices are in U.S. dollars (U.S.$).

Registration Category Payment received
by August 9, 2002
Payment received
after August 9, 2002
Conference and Workshop $340.00 $390.00
Conference Only $300.00 $350.00
Workshop Only $150.00 $200.00
Students * $150.00 $200.00

The cost for the banquet is $35.00. The banquet will consist of a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Odyssey. Lunch tickets, redeemable at the Argonne Guest House, may be purchased at the conference for $10.00 each.

* There is limited financial support available for students. See the Student Support section below for more information.

Method of Payment

We will accept payments by credit card (VISA or MasterCard only), bank transfer (U.S.$), or check (drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S.$). Any checks drawn on foreign banks will incur a $30.00 check cashing fee payable during registration at the Conference. Cash payments at the conference must be in U.S. dollars. More information will be available on the online registration form.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be made after August 30, 2002.

Invitation Letters

If you need an invitation letter in order to get a visa to attend the conference, please e-mail your request to Be sure to include your full name, complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Argonne Guest House for Conference and Workshop attendees. The Argonne Guest House is a short walk from the Advanced Photon Source Conference Center. Room rates are $65.00 (single) and $75.00 (double) plus tax per night. When registering, mention you are attending the FEL2002 conference. The cut-off date for making Guest House reservations is August 23, 2002. After this date room availability is not guaranteed. To make reservations, contact the Argonne Guest House directly.

     Telephone:  1 800.632.8990 (inside U.S.)
     Telephone:  1 630.739.6000 (outside U.S.)
     Fax:  1 630.739.1000

Ground Transportation

Argonne is easily accessible from either O'Hare International Airport or Midway Airport. However, since Argonne National Laboratory is not near public transportation, we strongly recommend that attendees rent a car so that they will have transportation during the week. A special conference rate has been arranged with Enterprise Rental Car. A reservation form and more information will be available from the Ground Transportation link on the FEL2002 home page.

Social Events

Sunday, September 8 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 11 Prix Fixe Dinner and Recital (piano soloist and piano/violin/cello trio)
Thursday, September 12 Conference/Workshop Banquet: Lake Michigan dinner cruise on the Odyssey
Friday, September 13 Tours of Argonne's accelerator facilities

Companion Program, Sightseeing

No formal companion tours are being offered. Information on attractions in the Chicagoland area will be available at the Argonne Guest House, and several Web sites containing similar information are available from the FEL02 home page.

Student Support

A limited amount of money is available to support student participation at FEL2002. To be considered for financial support, a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor must be received no later than April 5, 2002. Letters should be mailed or faxed to:

Dr. Kwang-Je Kim
FEL2002 Conference Chair
Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439 U.S.A.

Fax: 1 630.252.7369

or e-mailed to

Questions about the Conference should be directed to:

Last updated: March 12, 2002