Reduced bandwidth Compton photons from a laser-plasma accelerator using tailored plasma channels

D. P. Grote, A. Friedman, C. G.R. Geddes, R. Lehe, C. Benedetti, T. M. Ostermayr, H. E. Tsai, J. L. Vay, C. B. Schroeder, E. Esarey

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It has been demonstrated experimentally that laser plasma accelerators can produce multi-100 MeV electron bunches with a few percent energy spread, and from these electrons, multi-MeV quasi-monoenergetic photons have been demonstrated based on Compton up-scattering from a counter-propagating laser. This offers the potential of a high-quality, narrow-bandwidth, compact, photon source with broad application. The bandwidth of the resulting photons depends directly on the distribution of the electron bunch and is limited, in particular, by the bunch divergence (i.e., the spread in transverse velocity angle). At the same time, the ability to decelerate electrons after scattering is important to source deployment. We describe a series of plasma structures that expand and then collimate the electron bunch, reducing its divergence and thus reducing the bandwidth of the scattered photons while enabling both high performance scattering and deceleration. These plasma structures are demonstrated in simulations of the accelerator system, showing the potential to reach few-percent photon spread which is important for applications using nuclear resonance fluorescence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123104
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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