Purpose: Monochromatic hard X-rays with high brightness are desired for medical applications including Auger therapy. One can generate such X-rays through laser-Compton scattering (LCS) by allowing photons from a compact laser system to interact with electrons accelerated by a compact electron accelerator. In this paper, after a brief description of laser-Compton X-ray sources, a scheme called crab crossing to enhance the X-ray intensity is proposed. The effect of crab crossing is evaluated, and we report our dedicated laser system for the crab crossing LCS research. Materials and methods: The luminosity enhancement factor by crab crossing is evaluated. For the electron beam, a rf deflector will be used to generate a tilted electron beam. For the laser system, chirped pulsed amplification is adopted. Yb-doped optical fibers and a Yb:YAG thin-disk is used for the laser gain media. Results: The luminosity enhancement factor by crab crossing is expected to be 3.8 when the crossing angle is 45 degrees. 10mJ pulse energy was achieved by thin-disk regenerative amplifier. The pulse duration after the pulse compressor was about 1.5 ps. Conclusion: We are going to demonstrate the LCS X-ray enhancement by crab crossing of electron beam and laser pulse. The expected enhancement factor is 3.8. We have successfully finished the laser development and the proof-of-principle experiment will be conducted soon.
- X-ray source
- auger therapy
- electron accelerator
- laser-Compton scattering
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging