Generation of femtosecond γ-ray bursts stimulated by laser-driven hosing evolution

Yong Ma, Liming Chen, Wenchao Yan, Kai Huang, Min Chen, Zhengming Sheng, Kazuhisa Nakajima, Toshiki Tajima, Jie Zhang

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The promising ability of a plasma wiggler based on laser wakefield acceleration to produce betatron X-rays with photon energies of a few keV to hundreds of keV and a peak brilliance of 1022-1023 photons/s/mm2 /mrad2 /0.1%BW has been demonstrated, providing an alternative to large-scale synchrotron light sources. Most methods for generating betatron radiation are based on two typical approaches, one relying on an inherent transverse focusing electrostatic field, which induces transverse oscillation, and the other relying on the electron beam catching up with the rear part of the laser pulse, which results in strong electron resonance. Here, we present a new regime of betatron γ-ray radiation generated by stimulating a large-amplitude transverse oscillation of a continuously injected electron bunch through the hosing of the bubble induced by the carrier envelope phase (CEP) effect of the self-steepened laser pulse. Our method increases the critical photon energy to the MeV level, according to the results of particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. The highly collimated, energetic and femtosecond γ-ray bursts that are produced in this way may provide an interesting potential means of exploring nuclear physics in table top photo nuclear reactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number30491
Number of pages8
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


  • plasma-based accelerators
  • X-rays
  • laser wakefield acceleration


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