Three experts have produced a highly recommended, clearly written, comprehensive book that rigorously explains the physics and the instruments that produce extremely bright, coherent sources of X-rays which are dramatically advancing our knowledge of structures in chemistry, biology and material sciences.

The authors develop the theory of electron optics for both synchrotron radiation and free-electron lasers (FELs) by deriving the equations for a variety of approximations and gain regimes. This theoretical analysis is integrated with their treatment of instrument design, simulation and construction. The text incorporates numerous clear figures and critical references. There is an index and an enhanced bibliography. The appendices contain derivations of important FEL topics. This advanced book is written for graduate students and researchers.

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE.

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