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Crystalline Undulator: Theory and Experiment

Objective

The project aims to facilitate the collaborative research towards theory, design, manufacture and experimental tests of high-quality periodically bent crystalline structures as well as theoretical and experimental studies of the radiation formed in crystalline undulators.
The idea of the crystalline undulator is based on the channeling phenomenon. Its advantage is in extremely strong electrostatic fields inside a crystal which are able to steer the particles much more effectively than even the most advanced superconductive magnets. A crystal with periodically bent crystallographic planes or axes can force particles to move along nearly sinusoidal trajectories and radiate electromagnetic waves in hard X ray and gamma ray frequency range.
This opens the prospect of creation of novel light sources that will find their application in technology, medicine and basic sciences: nuclear, solid state and plasma physics, molecular biology, etc.
It is planed to combine within a common project utilization of state-of-the-art technologies: molecular beam epitaxy, laser ablation, low pressure chemical vapour deposition, low energy plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition with advances theoretical methods aimed to quantitative understanding of the underlying physical processes which will allow to manufacture bent crystals with preassigned shape of channels. The quality of the manufactured crystals will be controlled by several advanced methods: X-ray diffraction studies, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry.
Accelerator test of the crystalline undulators will be complemented with extensive Monte-Carlo simulations of particle channeling and emission of the radiation.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/crystals
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/plasma physics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 217 900
Administrative Contact
Kristina Wege (Ms.)

Participants (3)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 14 100
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bodil Mølgaard (Ms.)
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 52 000
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Werner Lauth (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 37 300
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Gambaccini (Prof.)