Instrumentation for diagnostics and control of laser-accelerated proton (ion) beams

Paul Bolton, M. Borghesi, Ceri Mae Brenner, David Carroll, C de Martinis, F. Fiorini, V Floquet, A Flaccoe, J. Fuchs, Pablo Gallegos, D Giove, J.S. Green, S. Green, B. Jones, D Kirby, Paul McKenna, David Neely, F Nuesslin, R. Prasad, S ReinhardtM. Roth, Ulrich Schramm, Graeme Gordon Scott, S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Tolley, G Turchetti, J. J. Wilkens

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Suitable instrumentation for laser-accelerated proton (ion) beams is critical for development of integrated, laser-driven ion accelerator systems. Instrumentation aimed at beam diagnostics and control must be applied to the driving laser pulse, the laser–plasma that forms at the target and the emergent proton (ion) bunch in a correlated way to develop these novel accelerators. This report is a brief overview of established diagnostic techniques and new developments based on material presented at the first workshop on ‘Instrumentation for Diagnostics and Control of Laser-accelerated Proton (Ion) Beams’ in Abingdon, UK. It includes radiochromic film (RCF), image plates (IP), micro-channel plates (MCP), Thomson spectrometers, prompt inline scintillators, time and space-resolved interferometry (TASRI) and nuclear activation schemes. Repetition-rated instrumentation requirements for target metrology are also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255–270
Number of pages16
JournalPhysica Medica
Issue number3
Early online date5 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • proton beam
  • laser-acceleration
  • dosimetry
  • diagnostics

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    Bolton, P., Borghesi, M., Brenner, C. M., Carroll, D., de Martinis, C., Fiorini, F., Floquet, V., Flaccoe, A., Fuchs, J., Gallegos, P., Giove, D., Green, J. S., Green, S., Jones, B., Kirby, D., McKenna, P., Neely, D., Nuesslin, F., Prasad, R., ... Wilkens, J. J. (2014). Instrumentation for diagnostics and control of laser-accelerated proton (ion) beams. Physica Medica, 30(3), 255–270.