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Interaction of atomic systems with X-ray free-electron lasers


Kornberg,  M. A.
Infrared and Submillimeter Astronomy, MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Kornberg, M. A., Godunov, A. L., Ortiz, S. I., Ederer, D. L., McGuire, J. H., & Young, L. (2002). Interaction of atomic systems with X-ray free-electron lasers. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 9, 298-303. Retrieved from http://journals.iucr.org/s/issues/2002/05/00/issconts.html.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-370B-8
The planned construction of an X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) will provide new opportunities for research in various areas of physics, chemistry and biology. The proposed design of the XFELs at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) and SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) is built on the concept of a fourth-generation synchrotron source and will provide an intense pulse (I-0 similar or equal to 10(16) W cm(-2), tau(gamma) similar or equal to 100 fs) for photon wavelengths down to 1 Angstrom. Some guidelines for applications of these sources pertaining to atomic physics are presented here. Issues such as the onset of strong photon-field effects, multiple ionization and hollow-atom formation are analyzed. Attention is especially given to studying the interaction with rare-gas atoms, for which some numerical estimates are provided.