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Photonuclear and radiography applications of narrowband, multi-MeV all-optical Thomson x-ray source
Author(s): Sudeep Banerjee; Grigory Golovin; Ping Zhang; Daniel Haden; Shouyuan Chen; Cheng Liu; Jun Zhang; Baozhen Zhao; Kevin Brown; Jared B. Mills; Chad Petersen; Donald Umstadter
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Paper Abstract

The laser-driven Thomson scattering light source generates x-rays by the scattering of a high-energy electron beam off a high-intensity laser pulse. We have demonstrated that this source can generate collimated, narrowband x-ray beams in the energy range 0.1-12 MeV. In this work, we discuss recent results on the application of this source for radiography and photonuclear studies. The unique characteristics of the source make it possible to do this with the lowest possible dose and in a low-noise environment. We will also discuss recent experimental results that study nuclear reactions above the threshold for photodisintegration and photofission. The tunable nature of the source permits activation of specific targets while suppressing the signal from background materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9515, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II, 95151C (1 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2183401
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Sudeep Banerjee, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Grigory Golovin, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Ping Zhang, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Daniel Haden, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Shouyuan Chen, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Cheng Liu, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Jun Zhang, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Baozhen Zhao, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Kevin Brown, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Jared B. Mills, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Chad Petersen, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Donald Umstadter, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9515:
Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II
Georg Korn; Luis O. Silva, Editor(s)

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