The measurements reported here provide scaling laws for the ion acceleration process in the regime of ultrashort (50 fs), ultrahigh contrast (1010) and ultrahigh intensity (> 1020W/cm 2), never investigated previously. The scaling of the accelerated ion energies was studied by varying a number of parameters such as target thickness (down to 10nm), target material (C and Al) and laser light polar- ization (circular and linear) at 35° and normal laser incidence. A twofold increase in proton energy and an order of magnitude enhancement in ion flux have been observed over the investigated thickness range at 35° angle of incidence. Further- more, at normal laser incidence, measured peak proton energies of about 20 MeV are observed almost independently of the target thickness over a wide range (50nm- 10 μm). 1.
|Name||Proceedings of the International School of Physics|
|Conference||Enrico Fermi International School of Physics and summer school: "Laser-Plasma Acceleration"|
|Period||1/06/11 → …|
- acceleration of ions