TITLE

Signing up for a flash of brilliance

AUTHOR(S)
Nuthall, Keith
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Engineer (00137758);2/25/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7669, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that nine European countries have signed an understanding to prepare for construction of an X-ray research laser (XFEL), so acute it could film chemical reactions in real time. The �908m generator is to be built near Hamburg, with the German government covering 60 per cent of the costs. It would produce high-intensity, ultra-short X-ray flashes with the properties of laser light, and brilliance 10,000 times higher than most modern X-ray sources. The wavelength of its X-rays, which can be varied between six nm and one-tenth of a nm, would be so short that even atomic details could be seen.
ACCESSION #
16314630

 

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