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The flying mirror: future brightest x-ray and γ-ray source
Author(s): T. Zh. Esirkepov; S. V. Bulanov; M. Kando; A. S. Pirozhkov; A. G. Zhidkov
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Paper Abstract

An ultra-bright high-power X-ray and γ-ray source is proposed. A relativistic flying mirror reflects a counterpropagating electromagnetic radiation causing its frequency multiplication and intensification, while the role of the mirror is played by a solid-density thin plasma slab accelerating in the radiation pressure dominant regime. Frequencies of high harmonics generated at the flying mirror by a relativistically strong counter-propagating radiation undergo multiplication with the same factor as the fundamental frequency of the reflected radiation, approximately equal to the quadruple of the square of the mirror Lorentz factor. The theory of the reflectivity of a moving thin plasma slab is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7359, Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond, 735909 (7 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820615
Show Author Affiliations
T. Zh. Esirkepov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
S. V. Bulanov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Kando, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
A. S. Pirozhkov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
A. G. Zhidkov, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7359:
Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond
Dino A. Jaroszynski; Antoine Rousse, Editor(s)

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