Applied Physics B

, Volume 83, Issue 1, pp 81–85 | Cite as

Hard X-ray generation from solids driven by relativistic intensity in the lambda-cubed regime

  • B. Hou
  • J. Nees
  • A. Mordovanakis
  • M. Wilcox
  • G. Mourou
  • L.M. Chen
  • J.-C. Kieffer
  • C.C. Chamberlain
  • A. Krol


Interaction of relativistic intensity laser pulses encompassed at focus by a volume of a few wavelengths cubed with solids is examined. Spectroscopy of hard X-rays of several metallic targets, including Cu, Ge, Mo, Ag, and Sn, irradiated in this regime at a high repetition rate (0.4 kHz), has been experimentally studied. The Kα and Kβ peaks of all targets were obtained. Averaged electron temperatures of several tens of keV and total X-ray conversion efficiencies up to 0.02% are calculated. The X-ray source size is measured to be ∼10 micron with varying elliptical shape.


Focal Spot High Repetition Rate Laser Spot Size Deformable Mirror Metallic Target 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Hou
    • 1
  • J. Nees
    • 1
  • A. Mordovanakis
    • 1
  • M. Wilcox
    • 1
  • G. Mourou
    • 1
  • L.M. Chen
    • 2
  • J.-C. Kieffer
    • 2
  • C.C. Chamberlain
    • 3
  • A. Krol
    • 3
  1. 1.Focus Center and Center for Ultrafast Optical ScienceUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.INRS-énergie et MatériauxUniversité du QuébecVarennesCanada
  3. 3.Department of RadiologySUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA

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