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Interaction of relativistic electrons with ultrashort laser pulses: generation of femtosecond X-rays and microprobing of electron beams

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10 Author(s)
Leemans, W.P. ; Div. of Fusion Res., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Schoenlein, R.W. ; Volfbeyn, P. ; Chin, A.H.
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The interaction of relativistic electrons with terawatt femtosecond laser pulses is reviewed with emphasis on how the scattering process can be used as a source of ultrashort X-ray pulses and as a time-resolved diagnostic for measuring transverse and longitudinal phase space distributions of an electron beam with microns spatial and subpicosecond temporal resolution. Recent experimental results are presented in which 90° Thomson scattering was utilized to generate 300 fs duration pulses of X-rays with peak energy of 30 keV. It is shown that, through analysis of the scattered X-ray beam properties, transverse and longitudinal distributions of the electron beam can be obtained

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 11 )