Production of a keV x-ray beam from synchrotron radiation in relativistic laser-plasma interaction.

  title={Production of a keV x-ray beam from synchrotron radiation in relativistic laser-plasma interaction.},
  author={Antoine Rousse and Kim Ta Phuoc and Rahul C. Shah and Alexander Pukhov and Eric Lefebvre and V. Malka and Sergey V. Kiselev and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Burgy and Jean-Philippe Rousseau and D Umstadter and Dani{\'e}le Hulin},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={93 13},
We demonstrate that a beam of x-ray radiation can be generated by simply focusing a single high-intensity laser pulse into a gas jet. A millimeter-scale laser-produced plasma creates, accelerates, and wiggles an ultrashort and relativistic electron bunch. As they propagate in the ion channel produced in the wake of the laser pulse, the accelerated electrons undergo betatron oscillations, generating a femtosecond pulse of synchrotron radiation, which has keV energy and lies within a narrow (50… CONTINUE READING
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