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Research Highlights: FEL

1.72 kW

1,720 watts of infrared light

Using technology developed for its main mission in nuclear physics, Jefferson Lab created the world's most powerful Free Electron Laser (FEL) for infrared light. On July 15, 1999 the Jefferson Lab FEL exceeded its design goal of 1,000 watts (a million times more powerful than the laser in a supermarket scanner or CD player) by producing 1,720 watts of infrared light. At kilowatt levels, the Jefferson Lab FEL offers researchers a unique tool for science and industrial processing with light. For more information, see: