Accessing the quantum spatial and temporal scales with XFELs

X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are unique tools that are making possible time-resolved measurements of structural and electronic dynamics at the quantum spatial and temporal scales. Jonathan Marangos discusses the transformative scientific potential of this capability but also stresses the importance of lowering barriers to access to maximize scientific reach.

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Fig. 1: Nanoscopic dynamics of matter at the quantum scale.

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The author thanks the many scientists who have contributed to the UK XFEL Science Case and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council for the funding that has enabled his participation in that project.

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Marangos, J.P. Accessing the quantum spatial and temporal scales with XFELs. Nat Rev Phys (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42254-020-0183-7

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