Ion acceleration with radiation pressure in quantum electrodynamic regimes

Dario Del Sorbo, David R. Blackman, Remi Capdessus, Kristina Small, Cody Slade-Lowther, Wen Luo, Matthew J. Duff, Alexander P. L. Robinson, Paul McKenna, Zheng-Ming Sheng, John Pasley, Christopher Ridgers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book


The radiation pressure of next generation high-intensity lasers could efficiently accelerate ions to GeV energies. However, nonlinear quantum-electrodynamic effects play an important role in the interaction of these lasers with matter. We show that these quantum-electrodynamic effects lead to the production of a critical density pair-plasma which completely absorbs the laser pulse and consequently reduces the accelerated ion energy and efficiency by 30-50%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2017


  • radiation
  • lasers
  • plasmas
  • ions
  • GeV energies


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