Gamma ray sources based on plasma wakefield accelerators

Dino Jaroszynski, Maria Pia Anania, Enrico Brunetti, Sijia Chen, Silvia Cipiccia, Bernhard Ersfeld, Jordan Gerard Gallacher, Mohammad Islam, Riju Issac, Gaurav Raj, Albert Reitsma, Richard Shanks, Gregory Vieux, Gregor H. Welsh, Mark Wiggins, Rodolfo Bendoyro, João M. Dias, F. Fiuza, Nuno R. C. Lemos, M. MartiJ. L. Martins, L.O. Silva, Nicola Bourgeois, P. S. Foster, R. Pattathil, S.M. Hooker, T. Ibbotson, Dzmitry Maneuski, V. O'Shea

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Advances in laser-plasma wake field accelerators (LWFA) have now reached the point
where they can be considered as drivers of compact radiation sources covering an large
spectral range. We present recent results from the Advanced Laser Plasma High-energy
Accelerators towards X-rays (ALPHAX) project. These include the first ultra-compact
gamma ray source producing brilliant 10fs pulses of x-ray photons > 150keV. We
present new opportunities for harnessing laser-driven plasma waves to accelerate electrons to high energies and use these as a basis for ultra-compact radiation sources with unprecedented peak brilliance and pulse duration. We have demonstrated a brilliant tabletop gamma ray source based on enhanced betatron emission in a plasma
channel which produces > 109 photons per pulse in a bandwidth of 10-20%. We present results of a compact synchrotron source based on a LWFA and undulator and discuss the potential of developing an FEL based this technology. Finally we discuss the plans for the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerator (SCAPA), which is being set up to develop and apply compact radiation sources, laser-driven ion sources and LWFAs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - May 2009
EventParticle Accelerator Conference 2009 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 May 2009 → …


ConferenceParticle Accelerator Conference 2009
Period4/05/09 → …


  • wakefield accelerators
  • plasma
  • gamma ray sources


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