* “NASA Wants to Place Calls to Deep Space With X-Rays”: The U.S. space program is developing gigabit-per-second deep-space comms. China is on the hunt too. A story for IEEE Spectrum on March 25, 2019.
*Plus: "Serving Up X-Ray Laser Pulses"
Just as tennis star Roger Federer gives a ball great energy when he smashes it with his racquet, a new method produces intense pulses of x-rays by whacking ordinary laser light with a wave of plasma. The technique might compete with gargantuan x-ray lasers under construction in research labs for a fraction of the cost.
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