Latest in Science

Image credit:

Dutch scientists develop half million euro, 'affordable' super laser

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

The folks at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have lovingly referred to their latest contribution to the world of science as the "poor man's X-FEL." An X-FEL, or X-ray Free-electron Laser, is like a super strong video microscope that converts electrons to X-rays to observe high-speed molecular movement. TU/e's super laser alternative depends solely on a very specific bunching of electrons to do the same thing, allowing for a much smaller (it fits on a tabletop), much cheaper setup. With an estimated cost of half a million euro, the laser is hardly cheap, but it's far more affordable than the competition: Stanford's X-FEL runs hundreds of millions of dollars, and measures a whole kilometer. TU/e researchers admit that their laser can't do everything that an X-FEL can, but, hey, you get what you pay for. Up next for TU/e? In vitro pork products. Yummy.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Relive Yamaha's synth history without leaving the couch

Relive Yamaha's synth history without leaving the couch

View
Tilt Five wants to bring augmented reality to tabletop games

Tilt Five wants to bring augmented reality to tabletop games

View
What's on TV this week: 'The Good Place'

What's on TV this week: 'The Good Place'

View
Facebook acquires neural monitoring startup CTRL-labs

Facebook acquires neural monitoring startup CTRL-labs

View
Samsung brings Note 10's AR and camera features to the Galaxy S10

Samsung brings Note 10's AR and camera features to the Galaxy S10

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr