4-8 July 2016
Kramer Law building
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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The search for crystal undulator radiation

Presented by Dr. Colleen HENNING on 7 Jul 2016 from 10:00 to 10:20
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track B - Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics


The channelling phenomenon applies to the correlated motion of charged particles within a crystal lattice in a direction closely aligned with atomic rows (strings) or crystal planes. When the incident charge particle is highly relativistic, the emitted channeling radiation is boosted by a factor of γ2, where γ is the Lorentz factor. Bremsstrahlung may also be coherent for these conditions, and coherent enhancement leads to both quasi monoenergetic peaks and also significant increases in intensity as compared to the normal process. In the special condition that the crystal is periodically bent, such as in a periodic superlattice, one may also have undulator radiation. All of these phenomena are potential sources of MeV and GeV range intense gamma radiation. The latter phenomenon is proposed as potentially the most important source of monochromatic high energy photons. In principal it can also lead to coherent radiation based on the Free Electron Laser (FEL) principal with intensities similar to an extrapolation of what may be obtained at modern light sources. In this contribution we describe a search for crystal undulator radiation using 2.5 – 6.0 GeV positrons incident on a diamond crystal undulator. The experiments were performed at the T9 Beamline of the Proton Synchrotron at CERN. The experiment was the result of a winning proposal for the 2015 CERN Beamline for Schools Competition.










Location: Kramer Law building
Address: UCT Middle Campus Cape Town
Room: 4A

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