The LCLS Brochure is Now
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,
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
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.