High-Powered Short-Pulse X-ray Lasers: Coming Soon to a Tabletop Near You?

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Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1357
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1357

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Femtosecond lasers have traditionally turned out photons of infrared light, a range of wavelengths that are far longer than those of x-rays and thus have a harder time spotting the motion of atoms. But researchers are continuing to make strides in developing femtosecond lasers that fire shorter wavelengths of light.