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Compact polarized X-ray source based on all-optical inverse Compton scattering

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posted on 2023-06-08, 12:52 authored by Yue Ma, Jianfei Hua, Dexiang Liu, Yunxiao He, Tianliang Zhang, Jiucheng Chen, Fan Yang, Xiaonan Ning, Hongze Zhang, Yingchao Du, Wei Lu
Polarized X-ray source is an important probe for many fields such as fluorescence imaging, magnetic microscopy, and nuclear physics research. All-optical inverse Compton scattering source (AOCS) based on laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) has drawn great attention in recent years due to its compact scale and high performance, especially its potential to generate polarized X-rays. Here, polarization-tunable X-rays are generated by a plasma-mirror-based AOCS scheme. The linearly and circularly polarized AOCS pulses are achieved with the mean photon energy of 60($\pm$5)/64($\pm$3) keV and the single-shot photon yield of $\sim$1.1/1.3$\times10^7$. A Compton polarimeter is designed to diagnose the photon polarization states, demonstrating AOCS's polarization-tunable property, and indicating the average polarization degree of the linearly polarized AOCS is 75($\pm$3)%.



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