Monte Carlo characterization of a pulsed laser-wakefield driven monochromatic x-ray source

S. D. Clarke, S. A. Pozzi, N. Cunningham, S. Banerjee, D. Umstadter

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Abstract

The Diocles laser at the University of Nebraska presents the possibility of producing a tunable, monochromatic X-ray source that has obvious applications in nuclear material detection. The pulsed and directional nature of this X-ray source makes traditional spectroscopy techniques for characterizing this source challenging. The large number of X-rays arriving at the detector in a short period of time would result in a high degree of pulse pileup, making the individual X-ray energy indistinguishable. In the technique presented in this paper, a series of attenuator materials will be placed in the path of the Xrays and the integral detector response will be measured. A series of detector response measurements with different attenuators will allow determination of the incident X-ray energy by using unfolding techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2009
Pages1998-2003
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2009 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 25 2009Oct 31 2009

Publication series

NameIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
ISSN (Print)1095-7863

Other

Other2009 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period10/25/0910/31/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Clarke, S. D., Pozzi, S. A., Cunningham, N., Banerjee, S., & Umstadter, D. (2009). Monte Carlo characterization of a pulsed laser-wakefield driven monochromatic x-ray source. In 2009 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2009 (pp. 1998-2003). [5402134] (IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record). https://doi.org/10.1109/NSSMIC.2009.5402134