Sep 24 – 30, 2017
La Biodola, Isola d'Elba
Europe/Rome timezone

Bright betatron X-rays for imaging applications

Sep 26, 2017, 4:45 PM
SB2, Sala Bonaparte 2, HH

SB2, Sala Bonaparte 2, HH

talk WG4 - Applications of Compact and High-Gradient Accelerators WG4_Parallel


Johannes Goetzfried (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)


We present recent results on betatron X-ray production and application in laser wakefield accelerators. After upgrading the Atlas Laser to 300TW, we have managed to produce electron beams of increased charge and energy, which accordingly leads to bright betatron X-rays. We detected up to 10^9 photons per shot with an average energy of 20 keV, which is sufficient to penetrate macroscopic samples for single-shot X-ray imaging. Based on our previous work on X-ray tomography of thin biological specimen [1], we successfully extended the technique to medically relevant applications by imaging a human bone sample. References [1] J. Wenz et al. Quantitative X-ray phase-contrast microtomography from a compact laser-driven betatron source. Nat.Comms. (2015)

Primary author

Johannes Goetzfried (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)


Dr Andreas Döpp (LMU / MPQ) Hao Ding (LMU München) Mr Johannes Wenz (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Mr Max Gilljohann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Sabine Schindler (LMU München) Prof. Stefan Karsch (LMU Munich)

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