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New Era of Research Begins as World’s First Hard X-ray Laser Achieves “First Light”

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Only 12 out of a total 33 LCLS undulator magnets were needed to create the first pulses of laser light. (Photo: Brad Plummer)The world's brightest x-ray source sprang to life last week at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Linac Coherent Light Source offers researchers the first-ever glimpse of high-energy or "hard" x-ray laser light produced in a laboratory.

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Published Date: 
04.22.2009