Laser wakefield accelerator based light sources: Potential applications and requirements

F. Albert, A. G.R. Thomas, S. P.D. Mangles, S. Banerjee, S. Corde, A. Flacco, M. Litos, D. Neely, J. Vieira, Z. Najmudin, R. Bingham, C. Joshi, T. Katsouleas

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In this article we review the prospects of laser wakefield accelerators as next generation light sources for applications. This work arose as a result of discussions held at the 2013 Laser Plasma Accelerators Workshop. X-ray phase contrast imaging, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and nuclear resonance fluorescence are highlighted as potential applications for laser-plasma based light sources. We discuss ongoing and future efforts to improve the properties of radiation from plasma betatron emission and Compton scattering using laser wakefield accelerators for these specific applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084015
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Compton scattering
  • betatron radiation
  • laser wakefield
  • x-ray absorption
  • x-ray phase contrast imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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