Tabletop X-rays light up
The pressurized, cylindrical chamber fits in the palm of a hand. Yet out of one end of the device comes an X-ray beam that packs almost as much punch as the light generated by massive particle accelerators. Researchers have reported the first tabletop source of ultrashort, laserlike pulses of low energy — or "soft" — X-rays. The researchers say a future soft X-ray source will open up X-ray studies for materials scientists, biologists and others.
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