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Thomson Scattering Imaging From Ultrashort Ultraintense Laser Interaction With Gas

Year: 2011

Authors: Gizzi LA., Cecchetti C. A., Giulietti A., Giulietti D., Koester P., Labate L., Levato T., Pathak N.

Autors Affiliation: CNR, Intense Laser Irradiat Lab, Ist Nazl Ott, I-56124 Pisa, Italy; Univ Pisa, Dept Phys, I-56127 Pisa, Italy; Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, I-56127 Pisa, Italy; Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Lab Nazl Frascati, I-00044 Frascati, Italy

Abstract: Laser-plasma acceleration can provide acceleration gradients which are thousands of times stronger than conventional electron accelerators. The laser propagation length is a crucial parameter that must be extended to achieve high-energy electrons. Here, we show that color images of the laser-plasma interaction region taken from the direction perpendicular to the polarization plane are a powerful tool to discriminate between Thomson scattering and plasma self-emission, leading to a precise measurement of the propagation length.

Journal/Review: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE

Volume: 39 (11)      Pages from: 2954  to: 2955

More Information: Manuscript received January 5, 2011; revised July 11, 2011; accepted July 27, 2011. Date of publication September 15, 2011; date of current version November 9, 2011. This work was supported in part by the High Field Photonics Unit at Istituto Nazionale di Ottica-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and in part by the INFN PLASMON-X project.
KeyWords: Plasma accelerators; plasma diagnostics; plasma waves; power;
DOI: 10.1109/TPS.2011.2164622

Citations: 12
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