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Kim, Lindberg of Argonne, SLAC’s Huang Co-author Free-Electron Laser Textbook

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Co-authors Kwang-Je Kim (front row, center) and Ryan Lindberg (front row, second from right), APS, and Zhirong Huang (SLAC, front row, far right) are pictured with students of the 2016 U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS). (Photo: Irina Novitski/USPASArgonne and APS Accelerator Systems Division accelerator physicists Kwang-Je Kim and Ryan Lindberg, together with fellow accelerator physicist Zhirong Huang of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, are co-authors of a new textbook, Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers: Principles of Coherent X-Ray Generation, to be published in May 2017 by Cambridge University Press.

The book is a unified exposition of synchrotron radiation sources and free-electron lasers (FELs). It is a timely publication in view of the modern synchrotron radiation facilities such as APS serving thousands of users, the advance toward the MBA (multi-bend achromat) ring-based fourth-generation capabilities at the APS and elsewhere, and the recent development of x-ray free-electron laser facilities at SLAC and elsewhere opening possibilities for capturing images of nano-sized objects and studying their femtosecond motions. (One femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second.)

“Our book covers the basic principles as well as the in-depth discussions of advanced mathematical concepts that underlie these unique light sources,” the authors say. “We hope it will serve as a comprehensive resource for students and researchers who design, operate, use, and innovate these facilities.”

The book originated in a course the authors have been teaching at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School since 2000.

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Published Date: 
04.07.2017