Observation of pulsed x-ray trains produced by laser-electron Compton scatterings

Kazuyuki Sakaue, Masakazu Washio, Sakae Araki, Masafumi Fukuda, Yasuo Higashi, Yosuke Honda, Tsunehiko Omori, Takashi Taniguchi, Nobuhiro Terunuma, Junji Urakawa, Noboru Sasao

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X-ray generation based on laser-electron Compton scattering is one attractive method to achieve a compact laboratory-sized high-brightness x-ray source. We have designed, built, and tested such a source; it combines a 50 MeV multibunch electron linac with a mode-locked 1064 nm laser stored and amplified in a Fabry-Pérot optical cavity. We directly observed trains of pulsed x rays using a microchannel plate detector; the resultant yield was found to be 1.2× 105 Hz in good agreement with prediction. We believe that the result has demonstrated good feasibility of linac-based compact x-ray sources via laser-electron Compton scatterings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123304
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation


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