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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 1 — Jan. 3, 2011

X-ray free-electron lasers—present and future capabilities [Invited]

John N. Galayda, John Arthur, Daniel F. Ratner, and William E. White  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 11, pp. B106-B118 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.27.00B106


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Abstract

The Linac Coherent Light Source is now in operation as an X-ray free-electron laser (FEL) user facility. It produces coherent pulses of 550 10,000 eV X-rays of duration adjustable from < 10  fs to 500  fs . Typical peak power is in excess of 20 GW . The facility will soon be joined by several X-ray FELs under construction around the world. This article will provide an abridged history of free-electron lasers, a description of some basic physics regarding free-electron laser light amplification, and an overview of the rapidly growing list of examples in which lasers will be used in the control and operation of X-ray FELs.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(000.2850) General : History and philosophy
(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(140.2600) Lasers and laser optics : Free-electron lasers (FELs)

History
Original Manuscript: July 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2010
Published: October 29, 2010

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(2010) Advances in Optics and Photonics
Vol. 6, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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John N. Galayda, John Arthur, Daniel F. Ratner, and William E. White, "X-ray free-electron lasers—present and future capabilities [Invited]," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, B106-B118 (2010)
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