Single shot radiography by a bright source of laser-driven thermal neutrons and x-rays

Akifumi Yogo, Seyed Reza Mirfayzi, Yasunobu Arikawa, Yuki Abe, Tianyun Wei, Takato Mori, Zechen Lan, Yuki Hoonoki, Daniil O. Golovin, Keisuke Koga, Yosuke Suzuki, Masato Kanasaki, Shinsuke Fujioka, Mitsuo Nakai, Takehito Hayakawa, Kunioki Mima, Hiroaki Nishimura, Satyabrata Kar, Ryosuke Kodama

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Thermal neutron (∼25 meV) beam is a powerful tool for investigating the structure and properties of materials used in science and technology. A laser-driven neutron source generating 1010 neutrons within 1 ns duration is utilized to a single shot radiography with a dual beam of thermal neutrons and X-rays. As a proof of principle, we show the non-destructive inspection of hazardous substances (Cadmium) contained in a typical battery, when the cadmium anode thickness is evaluated from the transmittance of thermal neutrons. The fact that the neutron inspection above is performed with a single laser shot, i.e. with a single bunch of neutrons leads to a safer neutron source that is optically controlled on/off, and provides a novel tool for science and engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106001
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics Express
Issue number10
Early online date17 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2021


  • Letter
  • Spotlights 2021
  • Plasmas, applied atomic and molecular physics, and applied nuclear physics
  • Laser
  • Neutron Source
  • Laser Acceleration


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