Analysis of characteristic X-ray generation induced by laser plasma electrons accelerated by an electric field

Research paper by A. A. Erokhin, A. S. Kishinets, Yu. V. Korobkin, I. V. Romanov, V. M. Romanova, A. A. Rupasov, A. S. Shikanov

Indexed on: 01 Jun '01Published on: 01 Jun '01Published in: Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics


The results of experiments devoted to the study of spectral, spatial, and time characteristics of a spectrally bright point x-ray source based on a vacuum diode with a laser-plasma cathode and a titanium needle anode with a photon energy approximately equal to 4.5 keV are presented. The experimental results revealed a considerable difference between the electron emission from laser plasma in a strong electric field and the explosive electron emission and demonstrated the effectiveness of laser plasma as an electron source. The optimization of the laser radiation power density, the accelerating voltage, and the interelectrode spacing made it possible to create a point x-ray source whose spectral brightness exceeds available sources in the class of small-size pulse x-ray instruments (tubes with explosive cathodes). It has been proved experimentally that the maximum contrast of the characteristic lines of the anode material is attained in the case of an optimal choice of accelerating voltage. The x-ray source has the following parameters: (1) spectral brightness of the K-lines of titanium of the order of 1021 photons/cm2 s sr keV; (2) emitting region size of 250 mm; and (3) laser pulse duration less than 20 ns.