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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2753–2755

1 kHz tabletop ultrashort hard x-ray source for time-resolved x-ray protein crystallography

Adeline Bonvalet, Adeline Darmon, Jean-Christophe Lambry, Jean-Louis Martin, and Patrick Audebert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 18, pp. 2753-2755 (2006)

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We describe a compact, reliable, and high-average-power femtosecond x-ray source and its first application to diffraction on protein crystal. The setup relies on a homemade Ti: sapphire system delivering 12 mJ at a 1 kHz repetition rate, associated with a small vacuum chamber especially designed for laser-plasma interaction and x-ray applications. This device allows the generation of 5 × 10 9   photons s sr at 8 keV and optimized x-ray irradiation of the studied sample, which can be placed close to the source. We present the diffraction pattern of a protein crystal in a divergent beam geometry, which is a first step to a subpicosecond x-ray diffraction experiment.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: April 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2006
Published: August 25, 2006

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Adeline Bonvalet, Adeline Darmon, Jean-Christophe Lambry, Jean-Louis Martin, and Patrick Audebert, "1 kHz tabletop ultrashort hard x-ray source for time-resolved x-ray protein crystallography," Opt. Lett. 31, 2753-2755 (2006)

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