This is another volume in the excellent-value paperback series produced by the US society. The source material for the book was derived from lectures given at the workshop of the same title given in conjunction with the 11th International Clay Conference held in Ottawa, Canada in 1997.

Whenever charged particles are accelerated they emit electromagnetic radiation, and it has long been possible to obtain very intense fluxes of X-rays from synchrotrons. These are large machines into which electrons or their positively charged counterparts, positrons, are injected into a beam and then accelerated around ring-shaped paths to near the speed of...

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