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Recent progress on x-ray and pulsed particle beam sources at the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) facility
Author(s): S. Gnedyuk; S. Fourmaux; S. Payeur; P. Lassonde; J. P. MacLean; C. Tchervenkov; M. Glesser; V. Marceau; M. Piché; J. Fuchs; A. Krol; J. C. Kieffer
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Paper Abstract

The 200TW laser system, (Ti:Sapphire CPA system) delivering 5J in 25fs pulse with a 10Hz repetition rate and a contrast ratio of 1:10^-11 at the fundamental 800nm frequency, is used at the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) facility to develop new generation of x-ray and pulsed particle beam sources (electrons, protons, neutrons). Experimental results on the betatron emission and electron emission from high intensity (<10^19 W/cm2) interactions with gas jet targets (1cm long supersonic nozzle) and on proton generation during high intensity (10^20 W/cm2) laser interaction with thin foil (10nm) and thick (several µm) targets will be presented and discussed. With gas jet targets, very high-resolution single shot phase contrast imaging with 10-20 keV X-rays has been demonstrated, and electrons are currently generated in the GeV range. X-ray source characterization will be presented. With foil targets, the target expansion has been measured on both sides of the target as well as proton generation (15 MeV range) at these relativistic intensities with various diagnostics (folding wave interferometer, time of flight, Thomson parabola...) We will describe the progresses we are doing to move from the laboratory experiments system to the application levels with integrated systems and compact light sources, with a special emphasis on medical applications. We are exploring the use of these high power lasers as a basic tool to image in real time with X-rays (betatron emission) tumors during their irradiation by protons (accelerated by the same laser). + funded by NSERC, CIPI, CFI, FQRNT, MDEIE, INRS, CRC program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8509, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications XIII, 850906 (19 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929364
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S. Gnedyuk, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
S. Fourmaux, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
S. Payeur, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
P. Lassonde, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
J. P. MacLean, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
C. Tchervenkov, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
M. Glesser, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)
V. Marceau, Univ. Laval (Canada)
M. Piché, Univ. Laval (Canada)
J. Fuchs, LULI, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
A. Krol, SUNY Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)
J. C. Kieffer, INRS-EMT, Univ. du Québec (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8509:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications XIII
Gary P. Grim; H. Bradford Barber, Editor(s)

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