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PULSE graduate student Jian Chen in a laser lab at SLAC.

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Scientists get dramatically better resolution at X-ray free-electron lasers with a new technique.

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Just as pressing a guitar string produces a higher pitch, sending laser light through a material can shift it to higher energies and higher...

High harmonic generation in a topological insulator.
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These fleeting disruptions, seen for the first time in lead hybrid perovskites, may help explain why these materials are exceptionally good at turning sunlight...

An illustration shows polarons as bubbles of distortion in a perovskite lattice
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The results, which show that ultrafast atomic motions are the first step in forming a magnetic state, could lead to faster and more efficient...

Charge transfer
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A better understanding of how this happens could help researchers hone future electronic measurements and offer insights into how X-rays interact with matter on...

Image - Artist's rendering of two laser beams striking sample.
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The initiative will give scientists more access to powerful lasers at universities and labs.

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FACET-II will pave the way for a future generation of particle colliders and powerful light sources, opening avenues in high-energy physics, medicine, and materials...

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This leap in capability will allow scientists to investigate quantum and chemical systems more directly than ever before.

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The technique could improve the efficiency of data collection and pave the way for new kinds of experiments.

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Marking the beginning of the LCLS-II era, the first phase of the major upgrade comes online.

New undulator hall
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New research could offer insights into the formation of planets like Earth and inform the design of more resilient materials.

Iron impact header
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A proposed device could expand the reach of X-ray lasers, opening new experimental avenues in biology, chemistry, materials science and physics.

x-ray laser oscillator