Applications of tunable infrared picosecond pulse free-electron lasers are considered in this article. The difficulties of combining an FEL with an intricate experimental apparatus, together with the performance specifications which an FEL must achieve in order to perform sophisticated applications, are discussed. Some novel applications in which FELs should excel due to their unique properties are described. These include measurements of vibrational dynamics in condensed phases, hyper Raman scattering, and a novel class of experiments, nanoheating. In nanoheating experiments, a specific nanometer-sized object is abruptly heated to high temperatures while the surroundings remain mostly unaffected. Potential applications of nanoheating include viral vaccine production and cell fusion.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics