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Published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 350 (2015), pp. 106–111. doi 10.1016/j.nimb.2015.01.015
We discuss the development of a compact X-ray source based on inverse-Compton scattering with a laser-driven electron beam. This source produces a beam of high-energy X-rays in a narrow cone angle (5–10 mrad), at a rate of 108 photons-s_1. Tunable operation of the source over a large energy range, with energy spread of ~50%, has also been demonstrated. Photon energies >10 MeV have been obtained. The narrowband nature of the source is advantageous for radiography with low dose, low noise, and minimal shielding.