Linac Coherent Light Source
LCLS - Probing the ultrasmall; Capturing the ultrafast
What Is LCLS?
Eadweard Muybridge's stop-motion photographs of horses galloping
The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) produces ultrafast pulses of X-rays millions of times brighter than even the most powerful synchrotron sources—pulses powerful enough to make images of single molecules.
This unique laser also works much like a high-speed camera, enabling scientists to take stop-motion pictures of atoms and molecules in motion, shedding light on the fundamental processes of life on unprecedented timescales.
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Get a bird's eye view of the LCLS with this fly-over animation.
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The Instruments of LCLS
component of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science Instrument

A suite of X-ray instruments for exploiting the unique scientific capability of the Linac Coherent Light Source are currently being produced by the LCLS Ultrafast Science Instruments, or LUSI, project.
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