Data for: "Efficient ion acceleration and dense electron-positron plasma creation in ultra-high intensity laser-solid interactions"

  • Dario Del Sorbo (Data Collector)
  • David R. Blackman (Creator)
  • Remi Capdessus (Creator)
  • Kristina Small (Creator)
  • Cody Slade-Lowther (Creator)
  • W Lou (Creator)
  • Matthew James Duff (Creator)
  • A.P.L. Robinson (Creator)
  • Paul McKenna (Creator)
  • Zheng-Ming Sheng (Creator)
  • J. Pasley (Creator)
  • C. P. Ridgers (Creator)



The radiation pressure of next generation ultra-high intensity ( > 1023 W/cm2 ) lasers could efficiently accelerate ions to GeV energies. However, nonlinear quantum-electrodynamic effects play an important role in the interaction of these laser pulses with matter. Here we show that these effects may lead to the production of an ex- tremely dense (∼1024 cm−3) pair-plasma which absorbs the laser pulse consequently reducing the accelerated ion energy and laser to ion conversion efficiency by up to 30-50% & 50-65%, respectively. Thus we identify the regimes of laser-matter interaction, where either ions are efficiently accelerated to high energy or dense pair-plasmas are produced as a guide for future experiments.

Data held at The York Research Database, University of York
Date made available3 Sep 2019

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