A self-injection acceleration test experiment for the FLAME laser

Year: 2010

Authors: Labate L., Anelli F., Bacci A., Batani D., Bellaveglia M., Benedetti C., Benocci R., Cacciotti L., Cecchetti C.A., Ciricosta O., Clozza A., Cultrera L., Di Pirro G., Drenska N., Faccini R., Ferrario M., Filippetto D., Gallo S., Fioravanti S., Gamucci A., Gatti G., Ghigo A., Giulietti A., Giulietti D., Koester P., Levato T., Lollo V., Pace E., Pathak N., Rossi A., Serafini L., Turchetti G., Vaccarezza C., Valente P., Vicario C., Gizzi LA.

Autors Affiliation: CNR, INO, Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, I-56100 Pisa, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Pisa, Pisa, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Lab Nazl Frascati, Frascati, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Milano, Milan, Italy;
Univ Milano Bicocca, Dipartimento Fis, Milan, Italy;
Univ Bologna, Dipartimento Fis, I-40126 Bologna, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Bologna, Bologna, Italy;
Univ Pisa, Dipartimento Fis, I-56100 Pisa, Italy;
Univ Roma La Sapienza, Dipartimento Fis, Rome, Italy;
Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Roma 1, Rome, Italy;
Univ Milan, Dipartimento Fis, I-20122 Milan, Italy

Abstract: A 250-TW laser system (FLAME – Frascati laser for acceleration and multidisciplinary experiments) is now in its commissioning phase in a new laboratory at LNF-INFN in the framework of the PLASMONX (Plasma acceleration and monochromatic X-ray generation) project. The laser will deliver25fs duration pulses with an energy up to 6J, at a 10Hz repetition rate. An ad hoc target area has also been designed and is currently being set up, allowing the first test experiments of electron laser wakefield acceleration to be carried out over the next few months in a safe, radiation-protected environment. An overview of the main features of the laser system and target area is given, along with a survey of the design and set-up of the self-injection test experiment, which is expected to reach the production of sub-GeV electron bunches.


Volume: 165 (6-10)      Pages from: 787  to: 793

More Information: Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, INFN. – The PLASMONX project is funded by INFN. The activity described here is also supported by the MIUR SPARX/C projects and by the MIUR-FSSRIS project “Impianti innovativi multiscopo per la produzione di radiazione X”.
KeyWords: laser-plasma accelerations; laser wakefield acceleration; Thomson scattering
DOI: 10.1080/10420151003732056

Citations: 2
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