The development and application of point backlighting at high x-ray energies is an essential step in diagnosing radiation-driven experiments. The point-backlighting technique provides uniform backlighter irradiance over a large field of view. This technique circumvents the large laser energy required for area backlighters at energies of 9 keV and above. We present the results of a Zn 9 keV point-backlighter source using the technique of pinhole aperturing to define the source size and hence the resolution. Details of the design and application of this technique to an undriven gold-walled hohlraum are described.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 29, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 4, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2004
Published: February 20, 2005
Jonathan Workman, James R. Fincke, George A. Kyrala, and Tim Pierce, "Uniform large-area x-ray imaging at 9 keV using a backlit pinhole," Appl. Opt. 44, 859-865 (2005)