Recent technological developments make it possible to consider use of the Stanford linear accelerator to drive a linac coherent light source (LCLS)—a laser operating at hard x‐ray wavelengths. In the LCLS, stimulated emission of radiation would be achieved in a single pass of a high‐energy, extremely bright electron beam through an undulator, without the optical cavity resonator normally used in storage ring‐based free‐electron lasers. The x‐ray laser beam would be nearly diffraction limited with very high transverse coherence, and would exhibit unprecedented peak intensity and peak brightness, and sub‐picosecond pulse length. Such an x‐ray source offers unique capabilities for a large number of scientific applications.
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Research Article| February 01 1995
The LCLS: A fourth generation light source using the SLAC linac
Rev. Sci. Instrum. 66, 1987–1989 (1995)
J. Arthur, G. Materlik, R. Tatchyn, H. Winick; The LCLS: A fourth generation light source using the SLAC linac. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 February 1995; 66 (2): 1987–1989. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1145778
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