Laser-driven electron acceleration in plasmas with few-cycle pulses

Laszlo Veisz, Karl Schmid, Franz Tavella, Sofia Benavides, Raphael Tautz, Daniel Herrmann, Alexander Buck, Bernhard Hidding, Andrius Marcinkevicius, Ulrich Schramm, Michael Geissler, Jürgen Meyer-ter-Vehn, Dietrich Habs, Ferenc Krausz

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We report on laser-driven electron acceleration with 8 fs, i.e. three optical cycles, pulse duration and 40 mJ energy. Theory and numerical simulations predict that this experimentally unexplored parameter range is relevant for laser wake-field acceleration. The electron spectra produced are monoenergetic with a peak up to 50 MeV and free of low-energy electrons with thermal spectrum. The electron beam has a typical divergence of 5-10 mrad. The accelerator is routinely operated at 10 Hz and correspondingly it is a promising source for several applications. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
JournalComptes Rendus Physique
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Bubble regime
  • Laser-driven electron acceleration
  • Monoenergetic
  • Ultrashort pulse


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