Fast ion acceleration from thin foils irradiated by ultra-high intensity, ultra-high contrast laser pulses

R. Prasad, A. A. Andreev, S. Ter-Avetisyan, D. Doria, K. E. Quinn, L. Romagnani, C. M. Brenner, D. C. Carroll, N. P. Dover, D. Neely, P. S. Foster, P. Gallegos, J. S. Green, P. McKenna, Z. Najmudin, C. A. J. Palmer, J. Schreiber, M. J. V. Streeter, O. Tresca, M. Zepf & 1 others M. Borghesi

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Abstract

Ion acceleration resulting from the interaction of ultra-high intensity (2 x 10(20) W/cm(2)) and ultra-high contrast (similar to 10(10)) laser pulses with 0.05-10 mu m thick Al foils at normal (0 degrees) and 35 degrees laser incidence is investigated. When decreasing the target thickness from 10 mu m down to 0.05 mu m, the accelerated ions become less divergent and the ion flux increases, particularly at normal (0 degrees) laser incidence on the target. A laser energy conversion into protons of,similar to 6.5% is estimated at 35 degrees laser incidence. Experimental results are in reasonable agreement with theoretical estimates and can be a benchmark for further theoretical and computational work.

LanguageEnglish
Article number121504
Pages-
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume99
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2011

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Keywords

  • proton acceleration
  • aluminium
  • foils
  • thin foils
  • plasma light propagation

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Prasad, R., Andreev, A. A., Ter-Avetisyan, S., Doria, D., Quinn, K. E., Romagnani, L., ... Borghesi, M. (2011). Fast ion acceleration from thin foils irradiated by ultra-high intensity, ultra-high contrast laser pulses. Applied Physics Letters, 99(12), -. [121504]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3643133
Prasad, R. ; Andreev, A. A. ; Ter-Avetisyan, S. ; Doria, D. ; Quinn, K. E. ; Romagnani, L. ; Brenner, C. M. ; Carroll, D. C. ; Dover, N. P. ; Neely, D. ; Foster, P. S. ; Gallegos, P. ; Green, J. S. ; McKenna, P. ; Najmudin, Z. ; Palmer, C. A. J. ; Schreiber, J. ; Streeter, M. J. V. ; Tresca, O. ; Zepf, M. ; Borghesi, M. / Fast ion acceleration from thin foils irradiated by ultra-high intensity, ultra-high contrast laser pulses. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2011 ; Vol. 99, No. 12. pp. -.
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In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 99, No. 12, 121504, 19.09.2011, p. -.

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Prasad R, Andreev AA, Ter-Avetisyan S, Doria D, Quinn KE, Romagnani L et al. Fast ion acceleration from thin foils irradiated by ultra-high intensity, ultra-high contrast laser pulses. Applied Physics Letters. 2011 Sep 19;99(12):-. 121504. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3643133