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Profiling structured beams using injected aerosols
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2012 (English)In: Proceedings of SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012, 850403- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Profiling structured beams produced by X-ray free-electron lasers (FELs) is crucial to both maximizing signal intensity for weakly scattering targets and interpreting their scattering patterns. Earlier ablative imprint studies describe how to infer the X-ray beam profile from the damage that an attenuated beam inflicts on a substrate. However, the beams in-situ profile is not directly accessible with imprint studies because the damage profile could be different from the actual beam profile. On the other hand, although a Shack-Hartmann sensor is capable of in-situ profiling, its lenses may be quickly damaged at the intense focus of hard X-ray FEL beams. We describe a new approach that probes the in-situ morphology of the intense FEL focus. By studying the translations in diffraction patterns from an ensemble of randomly injected sub-micron latex spheres, we were able to determine the non-Gaussian nature of the intense FEL beam at the Linac Coherent Light Source (SLAC National Laboratory) near the FEL focus. We discuss an experimental application of such a beam-profiling technique, and the limitations we need to overcome before it can be widely applied.

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2012. 850403- p.
, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, ISSN 0277-786X ; 8504
Keyword [en]
Aerosols, Beam diagnostics, Beam profiling, Diffraction, Hartmann sensor, Imaging, LCLS, X-ray freeelectron laser
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-195460DOI: 10.1117/12.930075ISBN: 9780819492210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-195460DiVA: diva2:608094
X-Ray Free-Electron Lasers: Beam Diagnostics, Beamline Instrumentation, and Applications, 13 August 2012 through 16 August 2012, San Diego, CA
Available from: 2013-02-26 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2014-09-26Bibliographically approved

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