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February 25, 2010

Scientists Close to New Improved X-Ray Laser

A cost-effective and reasonably sized X-ray laser that can be used for super high-resolution imaging is close to development by US researchers. The development of the tabletop X-ray laser gives scientists a new way to peer into a single cell and gain a better understanding of the nanowo

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A cost-effective and reasonably sized X-ray laser that can be used for super high-resolution imaging is close to development by US researchers.

The development of the tabletop X-ray laser gives scientists a new way to peer into a single cell and gain a better understanding of the nanoworld, according to researchers at University of Colorado at Boulder.

University of Colorado at Boulder physics professor Margaret Murnane said that this new laser creates a laser beam that contains a broad range of X-ray wavelengths all at once that can be focused in time and space.

“If we have this source of coherent light that spans a huge region of the electromagnetic spectrum, we could make the highest resolution light-based tabletop microscope in existence that could capture images in 3D and tell us exactly what we are looking at. We’re very close,” Murnane said

University of Colorado at Boulder professor and co-author of the research Henry Kapteyn said the tabletop X-ray laser with its bright, focused laser-like X-ray beam, might make it possible to improve X-ray imaging resolution at your doctor’s office by a thousand times.

“The X-rays we get in the hospital now are limited and for example, they can’t detect really small cancers because the X-ray source in your doctor’s office is more like a light bulb, not a laser,” Kapteyn said.

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