A Bright Spatially-Coherent Compact X-ray Synchrotron Source
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A Bright Spatially-Coherent Compact X-ray Synchrotron Source

  • Author(s): Kneip, S
  • McGuffey, C
  • Martins, JL
  • Martins, SF
  • Bellei, C
  • Chvykov, V
  • Dollar, F
  • Fonseca, R
  • Huntington, C
  • Kalintchenko, G
  • Maksimchuk, A
  • Mangles, SPD
  • Matsuoka, T
  • Nagel, SR
  • Palmer, C
  • Schreiber, J
  • Phuoc, K Ta
  • Thomas, AGR
  • Yanovsky, V
  • Silva, LO
  • Krushelnick, K
  • Najmudin, Z
  • et al.
Abstract

Each successive generation of x-ray machines has opened up new frontiers in science, such as the first radiographs and the determination of the structure of DNA. State-of-the-art x-ray sources can now produce coherent high brightness keV x-rays and promise a new revolution in imaging complex systems on nanometre and femtosecond scales. Despite the demand, only a few dedicated synchrotron facilities exist worldwide, partially due the size and cost of conventional (accelerator) technology. Here we demonstrate the use of a recently developed compact laser-plasma accelerator to produce a well-collimated, spatially-coherent, intrinsically ultrafast source of hard x-rays. This method reduces the size of the synchrotron source from the tens of metres to centimetre scale, accelerating and wiggling a high electron charge simultaneously. This leads to a narrow-energy spread electron beam and x-ray source that is >1000 times brighter than previously reported plasma wiggler and thus has the potential to facilitate a myriad of uses across the whole spectrum of light-source applications.

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