Opportunities and challenges using short-pulse X-ray sources.

Jörgen Larsson, Ola Synnergren, TN Hansen, K Sokolowski-Tinten, Sverker Werin, C Caleman, J Hajdu, J Shepherd, JS Wark, AM Lindenberg, KJ Gaffney, JB Hastings

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Free-electron lasers will change the way we carry out time-resolved X-ray experiments. At present date, we use laser-produced plasma sources or synchrotron radiation. Laser-produced plasma sources have short pulses, but unfortunately large pulse-to-pulse fluctuations and large divergence. Synchrotron radiation from third generation source provide collimated and stable beams, but unfortunately long pulses. This means that either the time-resolution is limited to 100 ps or rather complex set-ups involving slicing or streak cameras are needed. Hard X-ray free-electron lasers will combine the best properties of present-day sources and increase the number of photons by many orders of magnitude. Already today, a precursor to the free-electron lasers has been built at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC). The Sub-Picosecond Photon Source (SPPS) has already shown the opportunities and challenges of using short-pulse X-ray sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions: Cooperative, Nonlinear and Functional Properties
PublisherIOP Publishing
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event2nd International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions - Rennes, France
Duration: 2005 May 242005 May 28

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1742-6596
ISSN (Electronic)1742-6588


Conference2nd International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


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