October 15, 2004  


The LCLS Brochure is Now Available

By Heather Rock Woods

A new brochure highlighting the marvels of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the burning scientific questions the machine will address is now available on-line and through the Communications Group (Joni White, Ext. 8703, joni.white@slac.stanford.edu).

The LCLS brochure is now available. (Image Courtesy of TechPubs)

SLAC is leading the collaboration, which is now in the engineering and design phase. Construction is slated to begin in 2006. The light source will use the final kilometer of the SLAC linear accelerator.

The brochure was designed by Terry Anderson in SciArts Media (TIS) and written by Heather Rock Woods (COM), in consultation with LCLS Division Director John Galayda and SSRL Director Keith Hodgson.

Introducing a Truly Unique Machine

The Linac Coherent Light Source is a revolution in x-ray science. Just as the invention of x-ray machines a century ago astonishingly revealed the inside of our bodies and began new sciences, the world’s first x-ray laser will open up unprecedented opportunities in medicine, biology, electronics, solid-state physics, nanotechnology, energy production, industry and fields that do not yet exist.

LCLS is dramatically different from any x-ray source ever built thanks to its laser properties: exceptionally bright, coherent, short pulses of x-ray light. It is also different from any other laser because it will produce light at x-ray wavelengths that can probe matter on the atomic scale.

Until now, our only glimpses into this realm have been long exposure shots that give an average image of these constantly moving objects, like a blurred picture of a hummingbird’s wing beats. 




The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is managed by Stanford University for the US Department of Energy

Last update Thursday October 14, 2004 by Emily Ball