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Title: Compton Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation

When a relativistic electron beam interacts with a high-field laser beam, intense and highly collimated electromagnetic radiation will be generated through Compton scattering. Through relativistic upshifting and the relativistic Doppler effect, highly energetic polarized photons are radiated along the electron beam motion when the electrons interact with the laser light. For example, X-ray radiation can be obtained when optical lasers are scattered from electrons of tens-of-MeV beam energy. Because of the desirable properties of the radiation produced, many groups around the world have been designing, building, and utilizing Compton sources for a wide variety of purposes. In this review article, we discuss the generation and properties of the scattered radiation, the types of Compton source devices that have been constructed to date, and the prospects of radiation sources of this general type. Due to the possibilities of producing hard electromagnetic radiation in a device that is small compared to the alternative storage ring sources, it is foreseen that large numbers of such sources may be constructed in the future.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1001034
Report Number(s):
JLAB-ACP-10-1300; JLAB-ACP-10-1300
TRN: US1100263
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-06OR23177
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Reviews of Accelerator Science and Technology (RAST), World Scientific; Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 1
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; COMPTON EFFECT; DOPPLER EFFECT; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; ELECTRON BEAMS; ELECTRONS; LASERS; PHOTONS; RADIATION SOURCES; RADIATIONS; STORAGE RINGS