Photonuclear and radiography applications of narrowband, multi-MeV all-optical Thomson X-ray source

Sudeep Banerjee, Grigory Golovin, Ping Zhang, Daniel Haden, Shouyuan Chen, Cheng Liu, Jun Zhang, Baozhen Zhao, Kevin Brown, Jared B. Mills, Chad Petersen, Donald Umstadter

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Abstract

The laser-driven Thomson scattering light source generates X-rays by the scattering of a high-energy electron beam off a high-intensity laser pulse. We have demonstrated that this source can generate collimated, narrowband X-ray beams in the energy range 0.1-12 MeV. In this work, we discuss recent results on the application of this source for radiography and photonuclear studies. The unique characteristics of the source make it possible to do this with the lowest possible dose and in a low-noise environment. We will also discuss recent experimental results that study nuclear reactions above the threshold for photodisintegration and photofission. The tunable nature of the source permits activation of specific targets while suppressing the signal from background materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch Using Extreme Light
Subtitle of host publicationEntering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II
EditorsGeorg Korn, Luis O. Silva
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781628416367
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventResearch Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Apr 13 2015Apr 15 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9515
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherResearch Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/13/154/15/15

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Keywords

  • Thomson scattering
  • X-ray
  • photonuclear physics
  • radiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Banerjee, S., Golovin, G., Zhang, P., Haden, D., Chen, S., Liu, C., Zhang, J., Zhao, B., Brown, K., Mills, J. B., Petersen, C., & Umstadter, D. (2015). Photonuclear and radiography applications of narrowband, multi-MeV all-optical Thomson X-ray source. In G. Korn, & L. O. Silva (Eds.), Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II [95151C] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9515). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2183401