Soft-X-ray lasers

Dennis L Matthews, Mordecai D. Rosen

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In the almost 30 years since their invention, lasers have become commonplace in our society. A quarter of a century after the appearance of the optical laser, experimental x-ray lasers have begun to produce beams with wavelengths 100 times shorter than those of visible light. This article presents a design overview of the soft x-ray laser, and discusses operation of the device, as well as applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-91
Number of pages6
JournalScientific American
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1988
Externally publishedYes

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    Matthews, D. L., & Rosen, M. D. (1988). Soft-X-ray lasers. Scientific American, 259(6), 86-91.