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Title: Compact FEL-driven inverse compton scattering gamma-ray source

Many research and applications areas require photon sources capable of producing gamma-ray beams in the multi-MeV energy range with reasonably high fluxes and compact footprints. Besides industrial, nuclear physics and security applications, a considerable interest comes from the possibility to assess the state of conservation of cultural assets like statues, columns etc., via visualization and analysis techniques using high energy photon beams. Computed Tomography scans, widely adopted in medicine at lower photon energies, presently provide high quality three-dimensional imaging in industry and museums. We explore the feasibility of a compact source of quasi-monochromatic, multi-MeV gamma-rays based on Inverse Compton Scattering (ICS) from a high intensity ultra-violet (UV) beam generated in a free-electron laser by the electron beam itself. This scheme introduces a stronger relationship between the energy of the scattered photons and that of the electron beam, resulting in a device much more compact than a classic ICS for a given scattered energy. As a result, the same electron beam is used to produce gamma-rays in the 10–20 MeV range and UV radiation in the 10–15 eV range, in a ~4 × 22 m 2 footprint system.
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A, Trieste (Italy)
  3. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 855; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; Inverse Compton light source; Free electron laser; Electron; Bunch compression
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