Free-electron lasers: Status and applications

  • O'Shea P
  • Freund H
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A free-electron laser consists of an electron beam propagating through a periodic magnetic field. Today such lasers are used for research in materials science, chemical technology, biophysical science, medical applications, surface studies, and solid-state physics. Free-electron lasers with higher average power and shorter wavelengths are under development. Future applications range from industrial processing of materials to light sources for soft and hard x-rays.

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  • P. G. O'Shea

  • H. P. Freund

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