Next Article in Journal
Materials and Life Science with Quantum Beams at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex
Next Article in Special Issue
Novel Quantum Beams from Integrated Laser-Driven Accelerator Systems
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
ELIMAIA: A Laser-Driven Ion Accelerator for Multidisciplinary Applications
Article Menu
Issue 2 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Quantum Beam Sci. 2018, 2(2), 9;

Coherent, Short-Pulse X-ray Generation via Relativistic Flying Mirrors

Kansai Photon Science Institute, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, 8-1-7 Umemidai, Kizugawa, Kyoto 619-0215, Japan
Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i. (FZU), ELI-Beamlines Project, 18221 Prague, Czech Republic
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 28 February 2018 / Revised: 13 April 2018 / Accepted: 13 April 2018 / Published: 24 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser-driven Quantum Beams)
Full-Text   |   PDF [2880 KB, uploaded 3 May 2018]   |  


Coherent, Short X-ray pulses are demanded in material science and biology for the study of micro-structures. Currently, large-sized free-electron lasers are used; however, the available beam lines are limited because of the large construction cost. Here we review a novel method to downsize the system as well as providing fully (spatially and temporally) coherent pulses. The method is based on the reflection of coherent laser light by a relativistically moving mirror (flying mirror). Due to the double Doppler effect, the reflected pulses are upshifted in frequency and compressed in time. Such mirrors are formed when an intense short laser pulse excites a strongly nonlinear plasma wave in tenuous plasma. Theory, proof-of-principle, experiments, and possible applications are addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: coherent X-rays; intense lasers; relativistic laser-plasma coherent X-rays; intense lasers; relativistic laser-plasma

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Kando, M.; Esirkepov, T.Z.; Koga, J.K.; Pirozhkov, A.S.; Bulanov, S.V. Coherent, Short-Pulse X-ray Generation via Relativistic Flying Mirrors. Quantum Beam Sci. 2018, 2, 9.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Quantum Beam Sci. EISSN 2412-382X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top