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SPring-8 Angstrom Compact Free Electron Laser

SACLA is the most compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) facility in the world, and is also now the only XFEL operating below 1 Å wavelength. SACLA was built jointly by RIKEN and JASRI as one of the Key Technologies of National Importance, and was completed in March 2011. SACLA's benefits include short wavelength and pulse-width, enabling the observation of living organisms and materials at the atomic level. Significantly, the close proximity between SACLA and the large synchrotron radiation facility SPring-8 enables collaborative projects using both XFEL and bright SR.