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Quasi-monoenergetic and tunable X-rays from a laser-driven Compton light source
Donald Umstadter Publications
  • Nathan D. Powers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Isaac A. Ghebregziabher, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Grigory V. Golovin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Cheng Liu, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Shouyuan Chen, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Sudeep Banerjee, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Jun Zhang, University of Nebraska–Lincoln,
  • Donald P. Umstadter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date of this Version

Published in Nature Photonics, Advance Online Publication, doi: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2013.314


Copyright © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Used by permission.

The maximum achievable photon energy of compact, conventional, Compton-scattering X-ray sources is currently limited by the maximum permissible field gradient of conventional electron accelerators. An alternative compact Compton X-ray source architecture with no such limitation is based instead on a high-field-gradient laser–wakefield accelerator. In this case, a single high-power (100 TW) laser system generates intense laser pulses, which are used for both electron acceleration and scattering. Although such all-laser-based sources have been demonstrated to be bright and energetic in proof-of-principle experiments, to date they have lacked several important distinguishing characteristics of conventional Compton sources. We now report the experimental demonstration of all-laser-driven Compton X-rays that are both quasi-monoenergetic (~50% full-width at half-maximum) and tunable (~70 keV to >1 MeV). These performance improvements are highly beneficial for several important X-ray radiological applications. Includes Supplementary Data.
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Nathan D. Powers, Isaac A. Ghebregziabher, Grigory V. Golovin, Cheng Liu, et al.. "Quasi-monoenergetic and tunable X-rays from a laser-driven Compton light source" (2013)
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