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The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), a directorate of SLAC National
Accelerator Laboratory, is an Office of Science User Facility operated
for the U.S. Department of Energy by Stanford
University. As the world's most powerful X-ray laser, the LCLS creates
unique light that can see details down to the size of atoms and
processes that occur in less than one tenth of a trillionth of a second.
At these unprecedented speeds and scales, the LCLS is embarking on
groundbreaking research in physics, structural biology, energy science,
chemistry and many other diverse fields.
New User Registration | Submit Proposals
Proposals, safety training, user registration and user check-in are
centralized to ensure prompt and efficient service to our users. A call
for proposals will be solicited twice per year, and a successful
proposal will be eligible to receive beam time about 9 months after being submitted.
Status | LCLS-II
LCLS exploits the free-electron laser (FEL) process, in which a pulse of high-energy electrons traveling through a very long periodic magnet structure creates x-rays and then coherently amplifies their intensity by many orders of magnitude. The SLAC linear accelerator is uniquely capable of producing the intense, high-energy electrons required to drive such an x-ray source.
LCLS is a unique x-ray source, very different
from a conventional storage ring source. The FEL x-ray wavelength,
intensity, and pulse duration can be tailored to meet the specific needs
of each experiment and modified time in response to new discoveries.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA
Operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Dept. of Energy