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Development of control mechanisms for a laser wakefield accelerator-driven bremsstrahlung X-ray source for advanced radiographic imaging

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  • Christopher Isaac Donald Underwood
  • Christopher David Baird
  • Chris Murphy
  • Chris Armstrong
  • Christopher Thornton
  • Oliver Finlay
  • Matthew J V Streeter
  • Matthew P Selwood
  • Nick Brierley
  • Silvia Cipiccia
  • Jan-Niclas Gruse
  • Paul McKenna
  • Zulfikar Najmudin
  • David Neely
  • Dean Rusby
  • Dan Symes
  • Ceri Mae Brenner


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JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Oct 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 29 Oct 2020
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)1-14
Early online date29/10/20
Original languageEnglish


A high power laser (TW) was used to accelerate electrons in a laser-driven wakefield accelerator. The high energy electrons were then used to generate an X-ray beam by passing them through a converter target.This bremsstrahlung source was characterised and used to perform penetrative imaging of industrially relevant samples. The photon spectrum had a critical energy in excess of 100 MeV and a source size smaller than the resolution of the diagnostic (≤150μm). Simulations indicate a significantly smaller source (

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