Monthly Archives: August 2017

Experiment on using laser-plasma generated x-ray beam

An experiment at the Central Laser Facility’s Gemini laser has just come to an end after 2 months. A 2 GeV laser-driven electron source was setup, using 10 J of laser energy per pulse and we characterised a very bright synchrotron like x-ray source with photon energies in the 10s of keV range generated by the ‘betatron‘ mechanism. We were using this beam for diffraction, imaging and absorption spectroscopy along with our collaborators at Michigan, Imperial College, Strathclyde, York, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Lund, ELI, LOA, Swiss Light Source and Shanghai. A great team and very exciting work!