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Volume 28, Number 8, October 2000
Luminescence spectroscopy: applications and recent trends
Page(s) 725 - 736
Section Original articles
Analusis 28, 725-736 (2000)
DOI: 10.1051/analusis:2000143

Free-electron lasers sources for scientific applications

M.-E. Couprie and J.-M. Ortéga

LURE, Bâtiment 209 D, Université Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

(Received April 26, 2000; revised September 26, 2000; accepted October 3, 2000.)

The free-electron laser ("FEL") has proven to be an invaluable source of radiation in the UV to far infrared spectral ranges. It is based on the amplification of an optical wave by a high energy electron beam oscillating transversely to its propagation. In the last decade, several FELs have been designed and built as user dedicated facilities. Presently, seven infrared FELs, such as CLIO at Orsay (France), are running more than 1000 hours/year for users performing experiments in various scientific fields. In the UV spectral range, the Super-ACO (Orsay, France) FEL is promoting applications in various fields. The main applications are described and prospects are given.

Key words: Lasers -- infrared -- ultraviolet -- free-electron lasers.

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