Compact source of narrowband and tunable X-rays for radiography

Sudeep Banerjee, Shouyuan Chen, Nathan Powers, Daniel Haden, Cheng Liu, G. Golovin, Jun Zhang, Baozhen Zhao, S. Clarke, S. Pozzi, J. Silano, H. Karwowski, Donald Umstadter

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We discuss the development of a compact X-ray source based on inverse-Compton scattering with a laser-driven electron beam. This source produces a beam of high-energy X-rays in a narrow cone angle (5-10 mrad), at a rate of 108 photons-s-1. Tunable operation of the source over a large energy range, with energy spread of ∼50%, has also been demonstrated. Photon energies >10 MeV have been obtained. The narrowband nature of the source is advantageous for radiography with low dose, low noise, and minimal shielding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Photonuclear physics
  • Thomson scattering
  • Wakefield acceleration
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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