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Plasma accelerator-based ultrabright x-ray beams from ultrabright electron beams
Author(s): Ahmad Fahim Habib; Paul Scherkl; Grace Gloria Manahan; Thomas Heinemann; Daniel Ullmann; Andrew Sutherland; Alexander Knetsch; Michael Litos; Mark Hogan; James Rosenzweig; Bernhard Hidding
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Paper Abstract

We provide a pathway to compact ultrabright light sources, based on ultrabright, high energy electron beams emerging from a combination of plasma Wakefield acceleration and plasma photocathodes. While plasma acceleration is known to produce accelerating fields three or four orders of magnitude larger than conventional accelerators, the plasma photocathode allows production of electron beams three or four orders of magnitude brighter than conventional, and thus is suitable to unleash the full potential of plasma accelerators. In particular, this is the case for various types of light sources, which profit enormously from an increased electron beam brightness. Building on the recent first experimental demonstration of the plasma photocathode, in this work we discuss the prospects of plasma photocathodes for key photon source approaches such as x-ray free-electron lasers, betatron radiation, ion-channel lasers and inverse Compton scattering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 11110, Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources, Optics, and Applications VII, 111100A (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2530976
Show Author Affiliations
Ahmad Fahim Habib, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Paul Scherkl, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Grace Gloria Manahan, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Thomas Heinemann, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY (Germany)
Daniel Ullmann, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Andrew Sutherland, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
Alexander Knetsch, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
Michael Litos, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Mark Hogan, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
James Rosenzweig, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Bernhard Hidding, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Cockcroft Institute (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11110:
Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources, Optics, and Applications VII
Alex Murokh; Daniele Spiga, Editor(s)

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