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X-ray FEL shines brightly

The Linac Coherent Light Source at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the USA is producing coherent soft and hard X-rays at a brightness nearly ten orders of magnitude larger than synchrotron sources, heralding a new era in ultrafast science.

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Figure 1: Schematic of the phase-matched radiation and electron motion through the FEL undulator.


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