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Compton backscattering focused x-ray source for advanced biomedical applications
Author(s): Frederic V. Hartemann; Tak Sum Chu; Anthony L. Troha; J. R. Van Meter; Gregory P. Le Sage; Corey V. Bennett; Victor Dinh; Brian H. Kolner; Jonathan Paul Heritage; Hector A. Baldis; Neville C. Luhmann
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Paper Abstract

At ultrahigh intensities, where the normalized vector potential of the laser wave exceeds unity, the electron axial velocity modulation due to radiation pressure yields nonlinear Compton backscattered spectra. For applications requiring a narrow Doppler upshifted linewidth, such as the gamma-gamma collider or focused x-ray generation, this can pose a serious problem. It is shown that temporal laser pulse shaping using spectral filtering at the Fourier plane of a chirped pulse laser amplifier can alleviate this problem, and that this technique can be scaled to the required multi-TW range. Compton backscattered spectra are derived in three cases: hyperbolic secant, hybrid pulses (hyperbolic secant trnasient and flat-top), and square optical pulses similar to those experimentally obtained by Weiner et al. It is found that the optimum laser pulse shapes correspond to square pulses, yielding a high contrast ratio between the main spectral line and the transient lines. The corresponding spectral filter function is also determined, and its practical implementation in a chirped pulse laser amplifier is addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2988, Free-Electron Laser Challenges, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274398
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic V. Hartemann, Univ. of California/Davis and Nonlinear Technologies (United States)
Tak Sum Chu, Nonlinear Technologies (United States)
Anthony L. Troha, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
J. R. Van Meter, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Gregory P. Le Sage, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Corey V. Bennett, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Victor Dinh, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Brian H. Kolner, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Jonathan Paul Heritage, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Hector A. Baldis, Univ. of California/Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Neville C. Luhmann, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2988:
Free-Electron Laser Challenges
Patrick G. O'Shea; Harold E. Bennett, Editor(s)

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