Relativistic plasmas: X-rays in a flash

Pukhov, Alexander
July 2006
Nature Physics;Jul2006, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p439
Academic Journal
The article reports that x-rays enable the structure of matter to be imaged with near-atomic resolution. The continuous output of conventional x-ray sources prevents the rapid evolving changes on the material to be followed. The limitation can be solved by the emission of a train of attosecond x-ray pulses from a laser-driven relativistic plasma. Synchrotons generate x-rays from the deceleration of high-energy electrons as they travel around a circular accelerator ring.


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