Particle acceleration based on intense lasers and plasmas: scientific and technological challenges

Year: 2014

Authors: Gizzi L., Baffigi F., Brandi F., Bussolino GC., Fulgentini L., Koester P., Labate L., Levato T., Palla D.

Autors Affiliation: Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory (ILIL), INO-CNR, Via G. Moruzzi 1,
56124 Pisa, Italy
2 National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) Sezione di Pisa, Largo B.
Pontecorvo 3, I-56127, Pisa, Italy
3 “E. Fermi” Physics Dept. University of Pisa, Largo Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa,
Italy y Present address: Fyzikaln ustav AV CR v.v.i., Praha, Czech Republic

Abstract: Ultraintense lasers are now delivering high peak power beyond the
PW level, with pulse duration as short as 20 fs. Using these lasers, laser-plasma
acceleration is being explored for the development of new, all-optical laboratory
radiation sources. Laser-wake eld with self-injection in mm-sized high density
plasmas using multi-TW laser systems is now established for the generation of
GeV electron bunches. Inverse-Compton scattering of these electrons with intense
laser pulses is being considered for the generation of high energy
-rays and for
the investigation of fundamental electrodynamic processes. Quality and stability
of the acceleration process rely critically on the control of laser and plasma
parameters. We describe the main scienti c and technological issues currently
under scrutiny in view of the implementation of the next generation of laserplasma


More Information: Submitted to: Meas. Sci. Technol.
Article reference: MST-101859
KeyWords: ultraintense lasers; plasma acceleration; radiation sources