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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(3): 034104    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/3/034104

Numerical simulation for all-optical Thomson scattering X-ray source

Tan Fanga b, Zhu Bina, Han Dana, Xin Jian-Tinga, Zhao Zong-Qinga, Cao Lei-Fenga, Gu Yu-Qiua, Zhang Bao-Hana
a Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, China;
b Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Abstract  Energy spectra, angular distributions, and temporal profiles of the photons produced by an all-optical Thomson scattering X-ray source are explored through numerical simulations based on the parameters of the SILEX-I laser system (800 nm, 30 fs, 300 TW) and the previous wakefield acceleration experimental results. The simulation results show that X-ray pulses with a duration of 30 fs and an emission angle of 50 mrad can be produced from such a source. Using the optimized electron parameters, X-ray pulses with better directivity and narrower energy spectra can be obtained. Besides the electron parameters, the laser parameters such as the wavelength, pulse duration, and spot size also affect the X-ray yield, the angular distribution, and the maximum photon energy, except the X-ray pulse duration which is slightly changed for the case of ultrafast laser–electron interaction.
Keywords:  ultrashort laser      wakefield acceleration      Thomson scattering      X-ray source     
Received:  23 June 2013      Published:  15 March 2014
PACS:  41.75.Jv (Laser-driven acceleration?)  
  52.38.Kd (Laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions)  
  52.38.Ph (X-ray, γ-ray, and particle generation)  
  52.59.Px (Hard X-ray sources)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10902010 and 10975121), the Foundation of China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP) (Grant No. 2009A0102003), and the Foundation of Laboratory of Science and Technology on Plasma Physics, RCLF, CAEP (Grant No. 9140C680305120C68252).
Corresponding Authors:  Gu Yu-Qiu     E-mail:

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Tan Fang, Zhu Bin, Han Dan, Xin Jian-Ting, Zhao Zong-Qing, Cao Lei-Feng, Gu Yu-Qiu, Zhang Bao-Han Numerical simulation for all-optical Thomson scattering X-ray source 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 034104

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