The World’s Biggest X-ray Laser has Opened More Possibilities for New Discoveries and Advancement in Science
The European XFEL (x-ray free electron laser) is considered the biggest and most powerful x-ray laser among the existing five x-ray lasers in the world! Successfully, it has already completed its first lasing and is now up and running! Scientists of the German Research Center DESY at Hamburg produced the superconducting linear accelerator of this enormous x-ray laser. It produces electron streams which is a billion times brighter than the usual synchrotron x-ray radiation.
Professor Robert Feidenhans’l, the managing director of European XFEL said, “The European XFEL has generated its first x-ray laser light. The facility, to which many countries around the world contributed know-how and components, has passed its first big test with flying colours”
When autumn hits, it is expected that international research teams will be able to exploit the accuracy and power of the x-ray laser for advancement of scientific experiments. This will pave the way for a new era of research in Europe and around the world!
European XFEL is stored in an underground facility that spreads about 2.1 miles or 3.4 kilometres. It is deemed as an x-ray laser of superlatives. It actually generates synchrotron radiation in x-ray range and emits electrons that accelerates to relativistic speeds. This is actually close to the speed of light!
Once the x-ray laser is in operation, the key component of this European XFEL, which is the superconducting linear accelerator, will generate the most powerful and fastest laser pulses on the planet. This is also capable of conducting physical, chemical, and biological experiments.
More so, Helmut Dosch, the chairman of DESY (The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) noted, “The European XFEL will provide us with the most detailed images of the molecular structure of new materials and drugs and novel live recordings of biochemical reactions”
In other words, this will allow scientists to do deeper and clearer study of biomolecules that will lead to more complex understanding of how diseases progress.