"Off-the beaten tracks going beyond the current spatiotemporal limit" 

We are interested in applying advanced X-ray radiations* to directly visualize and control materials and biological systems at near atomic scale. Nano-scale phenomena undergoing ultrafast & irreversible phase changes are being investigated.

(Image) Coherent X-ray diffraction pattern recorded at 9C, PLS-II in 2015 July

* The free electron laser (FEL), introduced recently, generates ultra-bright, femtosecond short pulsed, coherent lights with the wavelength as short as Angstrom scale. This opens a new window to the atomic world with unprecedentedly clear views: femtosecond snap-shots.
In particular, by providing breakthroughs to longstanding science challenges in understanding atomic structures and dynamics of water molecules, amorphous materials, membrane proteins, etc., the FEL is receiving a surge of attention as a trailblazer for next generation science.