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X-ray Sources: Linacs Offer Straight Line to Future

Science  16 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5251, pp. 902
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5251.902


Grenoble, France—An international community of x-ray scientists has agreed to stop going around in circles with the next generation of light sources. The new facilities should use linear accelerators (linacs) to accelerate the electrons, then feed them into free-electron lasers (FELs) to produce shorter, more intense pulses than anything now available or in the works.