New source technologies and their impact on future light sources

B. E. Carlsten, E. R. Colby, E. H. Esarey, M. Hogan, F. X. Krtner, W. S. Graves, W. P. Leemans, T. Rao, J. B. Rosenzweig, C. B. Schroeder, D. Sutter, W. E. White

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Emerging technologies are critically evaluated for their feasibility in future light sources. We consider both new technologies for electron beam generation and acceleration suitable for X-ray free-electron lasers (FELs), as well as alternative photon generation technologies including the relatively mature inverse Compton scattering and laser high-harmonic generation. Laser-driven plasma wakefield acceleration is the most advanced of the novel acceleration technologies, and may be suitable to generate electron beams for X-ray FELs in a decade. We provide research recommendations to achieve the needed parameters for driving future light sources, including necessary advances in laser technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-668
Number of pages12
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 21 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct-laser acceleration
  • Free-electron laser
  • High-harmonic generation
  • Inverse-Compton scatting
  • Laser-plasma acceleration
  • Plasma-wakefield acceleration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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