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April 4, 20134:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Illuminating the Atomic World: The X-Ray Free Electron Laser at SLAC


Persis Drell (SLAC)


Rainer Fries



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

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The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is the world’s brightest source of hard X-ray laser light. Not only is this light a billion times brighter than any previous hard X-ray source, it also comes in strobe-like pulses just a few tens of femptoseconds long. This combination of high intensity and ultrafast pulses allows us to study processes at atomic time scales and atomic length scales. I will focus on the conception, construction, and start up of the LCLS, as well as some of the first experimental results, with a view to the new frontier of science that this remarkable tool has opened.

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