Development of Inverse Compton Scattering Soft X-ray Sources Using Photocathode RF Gun

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Nuclear engineering,Particle/Nuclear/Cosmic ray/Astro physics,Physical chemistry


In medicine, there are hopes for the development of more compact and high quality X-ray sources. 


■Development of Inverse Compton Scattering Soft X-ray Sources Using Photocathode RF Gun

In this research, compact and high quality soft X-ray sources are being developed using inverse Compton scattering, with the final goal of applying them to soft X-ray microscopes for biological observations. Inverse Compton scattering involves the creation of shorter wavelength light through the collision of high energy electrons and long wavelength light, and is the inverse process of the generally well-known Compton scattering. The Washio Laboratory is working on the development of high quality electron beam sources using a photocathode RF gun, as well as researching their applications. This research is one of the experiments for these applications. So far, the laboratory has succeeded in the preparation and detection of soft X-rays using inverse Compton scattering.


Medical and biological applications, including applications for soft X-ray microscopes for biological observations.


X-rays derived by the system of the Washio Laboratory are soft X-rays in the energy region called the “water window” of 200-500eV obtained by colliding high energy electron beams derived from a photocathode RF gun and an infrared (IR) laser. Soft X-rays in this region have extremely small absorption by water. On the other hand, there is a lot of absorption by carbon and nitrogen, the component elements of body tissue. Experiments have already verified that soft X-rays may be used for high-resolution soft X-ray microscopes for biological observations that enable the observation of body tissues while they are alive without dehydrating them.  
The soft X-ray sources using inverse Compton scattering being developed at the Washio Laboratory are extremely compact compared with general high quality soft X-ray sources, such as those of photon factories. It is expected that as key technologies, their use at mid-size and smaller medical and research facilities would be promoted.

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Affiliation: Japanese Society of Radiation Chemistry; The Physical Society of Japan; The Chemical Society of Japan; The Society of Polymer Science, Japan; Atomic Energy Society of Japan; RadTech Japan 


  • High quality electron beam generating device
  • X-rays in energy bands useful for medicine and biology
  • X-ray generation test and the future
  • Kikui-cho X-ray system (soft X-ray sources using inverse Compton scattering are compact; comparison with existing sources)
posted: 2014/05/21