May 5 – 10, 2019
Europe/Berlin timezone

X-rays from Laser Wakefield Accelerators

May 8, 2019, 11:00 AM
Main Hall (MedILS)

Main Hall


Oral Contribution Plenary session


Alec Thomas


Recent progress in laser wakefield acceleration has led to the emergence of a new generation of electron and X-ray sources that may have considerable benefits for a range of scientific, medical and industrial applications. Betatron oscillations of electrons in the strong transverse fields of a laser wakefield accelerator provide X-ray radiation pulses that have a sub-micron source size, are of femtosecond duration, high brightness and have intrinsic synchronisation with the laser source. In this talk, I will review the physics of X-ray production in plasma wakefields and describe experiments in laser wakefield acceleration, energetic photon generation and its use in imaging for additive manufacturing, using the laser systems HERCULES at the University of Michigan and Gemini at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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