The MIT X-ray laser project

David E. Moncton, William S. Graves

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Recent advances in accelerator, laser, and undulator technology now enable construction of multi-beamline free-electron-laser user facilities at extreme ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths. We are exploring the construction of such a facility at MIT, which will include three key elements. First, a 4-GeV superconducting linear accelerator will support twenty or more beamlines, each running at 1 kHz, to serve a large user community. Second, seeding with integrated high-harmonic generation laser technology will generate photon beams with high longitudinal coherence and "transform-limited" pulses. Third, the wavelengths produced range from 0.3 and 100 nm in the fundamental, with substantial power in the x-ray 3rd harmonic at 0.1 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynchrotron Radiation Instrumentation
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0735401799
StatePublished - May 12 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2003Aug 29 2003

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other8th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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