Take a (Really) Quick Tour of the World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Yo' coherent light source is so fat, it takes 37 seconds to trace the electron's beam path — in fast forward.

The Linac Coherent Light Source is no dainty piece of machinery. Its magnet-lined track stretched over the course of a half-mile and accelerate electron pulses to 99.9999999 per cent of the speed of light. The brightest X-ray beam ever built, the LCLS is powerful enough to image viruses and turn aluminum samples into 2 million-degree plasma in a trillionth of a second.

And if you are looking to take the scenic route, here is the LCLS tour in a leisurely 73 seconds:

[SLAC via Wired]