X-ray Generation from thin targets mounted inside a compact betatron

V. V. Kaplin, S. R. Uglov, O. F. Bulaev, V. J. Goncharov, A. A. Voronin, I. Vaskovsky, G. Sergeev, N. N. Nasonov, Alexandr Sergeevich Kubankin, M. A. Piestrup, M. K. Fuller, C. K. Gary

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


We present measurements of x-ray emission from relativistic electrons passing through crystals and multilayer nanostructures mounted inside betatrons. Both spectra and yields have been measured. The measured spatial distributions and orientation dependencies are presented and are found to be in good agreement with theory. Betatrons developed over the past 30 years in Russia are compact and relatively inexpensive compared to LINACs and Storage Rings, and thus can be used in small laboratory settings. Various thin novel radiators mounted inside the betatron toroid can be used to generate (1) monochromatic tunable x-rays from crystalline and multilayer targets (2) tailored γ-ray emission spectra from single thin foils and (3) soft x-ray spectra from multiple thin foils (transition radiation). Although betatrons have relatively low current, the thin radiators permit the multipassing of the electron beam for increased efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsR.O. Tatchyn, S.G. Biedron, W. Eberhardt
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventFourth Generation X-Ray Sources and Optics III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20054 Aug 2005


OtherFourth Generation X-Ray Sources and Optics III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Betatron
  • Multilayers
  • Parametric x-ray generation
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'X-ray Generation from thin targets mounted inside a compact betatron'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this