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LCLS-II will enhance an LCLS research program that is already:
The LCLS is in such high demand that only one out of four experimental proposals can be approved. Meanwhile, other countries are building similar X-ray lasers: Japan (operation began in 2012), South Korea (~2014), Germany (~2015) and Switzerland (~2016). Upgrades are critical for LCLS to stay in the forefront. By adding experimental stations and allowing several experiments to run at once, LCLS-II will increase the number of experiments run per year. Long-term plans call for additional expansion through 2025, accommodating up to 2,000 scientists per year at up to a dozen experimental stations.
LCLS-II will provide an expanded range of X-ray wavelengths, allowing researchers to home in on carbon atoms involved in biological processes, peer inside thick three-dimensional materials and see intricate details of nanocrystal structures. It will set the stage for increasing the intensity of the X-ray laser beams 20-fold. In addition, researchers will be able to control the polarization of X-rays and whittle the pulse length down to about 1 femtosecond – one millionth of a billionth of a second.
Current plans call for defining the project’s cost and schedule and starting construction of the LCLS-II Injector Complex in 2012. FY 2013 would see construction start on undulators and technical hardware and the awarding of a contract for tunnel construction. Projected start of operations in 2019.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA
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