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High-power laser-driven source of ultra-short X-ray and gamma-ray pulses

  • T. Zh. Esirkepov
  • S. V. Bulanov
  • A. G. Zhidkov
  • A. S. Pirozhkov
  • M. Kando
Topical issue: Fundamental Physics and Ultra-High Laser Fields

Abstract

A novel ultra-bright high-intensity source of X-ray and gamma radiation is suggested. It is based on the double Doppler effect, where a relativistic flying mirror reflects a counter-propagating electromagnetic radiation causing its frequency multiplication and intensification, and on the inverse double Doppler effect, where the mirror acquires energy from an ultra-intense co-propagating electromagnetic wave. The role of the flying mirror is played by a high-density thin plasma slab accelerating in the radiation pressure dominant regime. Frequencies of high harmonics generated at the flying mirror by a relativistically strong counter-propagating radiation udergo multiplication with the same factor as the fundamental frequency of the reflected radiation, approximately equal to the quadruple of the square of the mirror Lorentz factor.

PACS

52.38.Ph X-ray, gamma-ray and particle generation 52.59.Ye Plasma devices for generation of coherent radiation 52.38.-r Laser-plasma interactions 52.35.Mw Nonlinear phenomena: waves, wave propagation, and other interactions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Zh. Esirkepov
    • 1
  • S. V. Bulanov
    • 1
  • A. G. Zhidkov
    • 2
  • A. S. Pirozhkov
    • 1
  • M. Kando
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Photon Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy AgencyKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Central Research Institute of Electric Power IndustryKanagawa-KenJapan

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