Free-Electron Lasers: Status and Applications

@article{OShea2001FreeElectronLS,
  title={Free-Electron Lasers: Status and Applications},
  author={Patrick Gerard O'Shea and Henry P. Freund},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={292},
  pages={1853 - 1858}
}
A free-electron laser consists of an electron beam propagating through a periodic magnetic field. Today such lasers are used for research in materials science, chemical technology, biophysical science, medical applications, surface studies, and solid-state physics. Free-electron lasers with higher average power and shorter wavelengths are under development. Future applications range from industrial processing of materials to light sources for soft and hard x-rays. 

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