World's Brightest X-Ray Laser Is Getting A Big Upgrade

The brightest X-ray laser in the world is undergoing a major upgrade. The Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first very-high-energy X-ray electron laser, launched at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009. Ever since, the record-breaking laser has given us an unprecedented glimpse of how things happen on the atomic level — from chemical reactions to the strange behavior of electrons to how deadly diseases attack. Soon enough, however, scientists working with the laser may be able to do much, much more. Construction is underway at the Stanford University-based laboratory to build an even

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