High brightness laser induced multi-MeV electron/proton sources

Year: 2007

Authors: Giulietti D., Breschi E., Galimberti M., Giulietti A., Gizzi LA., Koester P., Labate L., Tomassini P., Martin P., Ceccotti T., De Olivera P., Menot P., Borghesi M., Romagnani L., Kar S., Bertolucci S., Calvetti M., Schiavi A., Willi O.

Autors Affiliation: IPCF CNR, Intense Laser Irradiat Lab, Pisa, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Pisa, Italy;
Univ Pisa, Dept Phys, I-56127 Pisa, Italy;
CEA DSM DRECAM SPAM, Saclay, France ;
Queens Univ Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Antrim North Ireland ;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Lab Nazl Frascati, Rome, Italy;
Univ Roma La Sapienza, Dipartimento Energet, Rome, Italy;
Univ Dusseldorf, D-4000 Dusseldorf, Germany

Abstract: The chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technique has opened new perspectives in the radiation-matter interaction studies using ultra-short laser pulses at ultra-relativistic intensities. In particular the original idea, proposed by Tajima and Dawson, of accelerating electrons by the huge electric fields of plasma waves which develop in the wake of a laser pulse propagating in a plasma, become feasible. Some laboratories all over the world have produced by such a technique collimated electron busts of hundreds of MeV along acceleration lengths of a few hundreds of microns. In other experiments, using thin solid targets, intense bursts of energetic protons have been at the same time detected. The proton acceleration mechanism is essentially based on the Coulomb force appearing at the thin solid target surface as a consequence of the previous escape of the energetic electrons from the target. In the paper some experimental results will be presented as well as the opportunities the INFN PLASMONX project will offer in this research field at LNF.


Volume: 22 (22)      Pages from: 3810  to: 3825

More Information: Proceedings Paper: 46th Workshop on Physics and Applications of High Brightness Electon Beams, Erice, ITALY, OCT 09-14, 2005
KeyWords: dosimetric measurements; particle-acceleration; wakefield experiment; plasma interaction; proton-beams
DOI: 10.1142/S0217751X07037445

Citations: 1
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