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Plasmon-Enhanced Photocathode for High Brightness and High Repetition Rate X-Ray Sources

A. Polyakov, C. Senft, K. F. Thompson, J. Feng, S. Cabrini, P. J. Schuck, H. A. Padmore, S. J. Peppernick, and W. P. Hess
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 076802 – Published 11 February 2013
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In this Letter, we report on the efficient generation of electrons from metals using multiphoton photoemission by use of nanostructured plasmonic surfaces to trap, localize, and enhance optical fields. The plasmonic surface increases absorption over normal metals by more than an order of magnitude, and due to the localization of fields, this results in over 6 orders of magnitude increase in effective nonlinear quantum yield. We demonstrate that the achieved quantum yield is high enough for use in rf photoinjectors operating as electron sources for MHz repetition rate x-ray free electron lasers.

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Attention to Nanoscale Detail Leads to Brighter e-Beams

Published 11 February 2013

Plasmons on a patterned surface can enhance the production of bright electron beams.

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A. Polyakov*, C. Senft, K. F. Thompson, J. Feng, S. Cabrini, P. J. Schuck, and H. A. Padmore

  • LBNL, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720, USA

S. J. Peppernick and W. P. Hess

  • PNNL, 902 Batelle Boulevard, Richland, Washington 99352, USA

  • *apolyakov@lbl.gov

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