Compact X-ray sources

X-rays from self-reflection

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Laser-based particle acceleration offers a way to reduce the size of hard-X-ray sources. Scientists have now developed a simple scheme that produces a bright flash of hard X-rays by using a single laser pulse both to generate and to scatter an electron beam.

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Figure 1: The 'self-reflection' scheme for generating bright, hard X-rays with a short-pulse laser.

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Mangles, S. X-rays from self-reflection. Nature Photon 6, 280–281 (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.86

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