First Tabletop X-Ray Laser Developed by Collaboration among Vienna University of Technology, US, and Spanish Researchers

bridges vol. 34, July 2012 / Noteworthy Information

Source: Pugzlys of Vienna Institute of Technology runs a custom IR laser that drives the new X-ray source. Credit: Vienna University of TechnologyFor the first time, researchers have produced a coherent, laser-like, directed beam of light that simultaneously streams ultraviolet light, X-rays, and all wavelengths in between.

One of the few light sources to successfully produce a coherent beam that includes X-rays, this new technology is the first to do so using a setup that fits on a laboratory table.

An international team of researchers, led by engineers from the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center (ERC) for EUV Science and Technology, reported its findings in the June 8, 2012, issue of Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1218497).

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