Sep 21, 2023

X-ray laser could transform atomic-scale research

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A major upgrade of the Linac Coherent Light Source has been completed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California. This latest version is 8,000 times faster and 10,000 times brighter, enabling scientists to observe molecular events in unprecedented detail.

Credit: Greg Stewart.

The newly upgraded Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) at California’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has successfully produced its first X-rays, and researchers around the world are lined up to kick off an ambitious science program. The upgrade, called LCLS-II, now makes it the world’s most powerful X-ray laser, surpassing the European XFEL near Hamburg, Germany.

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