Recent progress of a soft X-ray generation system based on inverse Compton scattering at Waseda University

Kazuyuki Sakaue*, Tomoko Gowa, Hitoshi Hayano, Yoshio Kamiya, Shigeru Kashiwagi, Ryunosuke Kuroda, Akihiko Masuda, Ryo Moriyama, Junji Urakawa, Kiminori Ushida, Xijie Wang, Masakazu Washio

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At Waseda University, we are developing a table-top size soft X-ray source based on inverse Compton scattering between a high quality electron beam and a high power laser. Using 1047 nm laser beam (Nd:YLF) and 4.6 MeV electron beam generated from a photo-cathode rf-gun, we had already succeeded in generating inverse Compton X-rays. The energies are within the "water window" region (250-500 eV) which can be applied to biological studies. For good signal to noise ratio (S/N) and a larger number of photons, we remodeled our collision chamber and laser amplifier system. S/N is defined by the X-ray photon signal over all other noises and backgrounds such as a bremsstrahlung X-rays from a lost electron beam and an electric noises caused by a radiation and rf power source. With these modifications, the X-ray photons detected by a micro channel plate (MCP) have increased 10-fold to reach 312 ph/pulse. Total generated photons were estimated to be 3.3×104. Further, we succeeded in generating stable soft X-rays for more than 12 h. Good S/N ratio, stable X-rays have made it possible to observe the beam-laser interaction very precisely. By using this technique, we have measured the electron beam size at the collision point as 251 μm (σx)×56 μm (σy).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1136-1141
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number10-12
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct


  • Inverse Compton scattering
  • Photo-cathode rf-gun
  • Soft X-ray source
  • Water window

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation


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