Scientific Results

Advanced strategies for ion acceleration using high-power lasers

Year: 2013

Authors: Macchi A., Sgattoni A., Sinigardi S., Borghesi M., Passoni M.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR/INO), U.O.S. \’Adriano Gozzini\’, Pisa, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica \’Enrico Fermi\’, Universit√† di Pisa, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy; Dipartimento di Energia, Politecnico di Milano, Via Ponzio 34/3, I-20133 Milan, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Universit√† di Bologna, and INFN Sezione di Bologna, via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna, Italy; Centre for Plasma Physics, The Queen\’s University of Belfast, BT71NN Belfast, UK; Institute of Physics of the ASCR, ELI-Beamlines Project, Na Slovance 2, 18221 Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract: A short overview of laser-plasma acceleration of ions is presented. The focus is on some recent experimental results and the related theoretical work on advanced regimes. These latter include in particular target normal sheath acceleration using ultrashort low-energy pulses and structured targets, radiation pressure acceleration in both thick and ultrathin targets and collisionless shock acceleration in moderate density plasmas. For each approach, open issues and the need and potential for further developments are briefly discussed.

Journal/Review: PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION

Volume: 55 (12)      Pages from: 124020  to: 124020

KeyWords: laser acceleration of proton beams; ion acceleration; particle-in-cell simulation
DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/55/12/124020

Citations: 22
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