SOS Software for Optical Simulations workshop, will take place in Trieste in October 2016
3-7 October 2016 - Trieste - Italy

In the next few years, all major synchrotron radiation facilities around the world will be upgrading to 4th generation diffraction limited storage rings (using multi-bend-achromat technology). Several free electron lasers (FELs) are ready-to-go or in phase of completion. These events represent a huge challenge for all optics physicists, responsible for the calculations needed to design and produce new optical elements able to deal with the revolutionary characteristics of new photon beams.

The SOS (Software for Optical Simulations) workshop, taking place in Trieste from the 3rd to the 7th October 2016, will put together leading experts in optics for synchrotron and FEL radiation with authors and developers of state-of-the-art optical simulation software tools. The goal is to demonstrate the usage of software packages and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about known issues, possible developments and future challenges in optical simulations.

The workshop concept stems from the international collaboration of optical simulation software developers from ESRF, ANL, BNL and Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, the Italian Representing Entity of CERIC. This began during the SPIE 2014 conference and was further consolidated with a meeting at BNL in October 2015. The main goals of the collaboration are to share information about recent accomplishments and coordinate next efforts between leading teams in Europe and in USA in the area of software development for simulating SR/FEL sources and X-Ray optics.

The SOS workshop is suited also for scientists, researchers and students approaching the matter for the very first time, who will have the opportunity to approach optical simulation tools in a very effective way. The workshop could also be thought as an embryo of a possible future international school of optics for synchrotron radiation.

A special session will be dedicated to industrial applications of optical simulations to show usages, challenges and targets in different applied research fields.