Particle acceleration using the Vulcan Petawatt laser

D. Neely, K. Krushelnick, S. Mangles, R. Clarke, J. Collier, A. E. Dangor, C. N. Danson, R. D. Edwards, S. Fritzler, A. Gopal, P. Hatten, R. Heathcote, C. Hernandez-Gomez, K. W. D. Ledingham, P. McKenna, Z. Najmudin, B. Walton, M. Wei

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Using the upgraded Vulcan Petawatt laser at 3×1020 Wcm-2 intensities, target interactions and acceleration in a gas jet were studied. Electron spectra with energies up to 240 MeV were detected. Indications of a new acceleration regime, which results in a non-Maxwellian distribution were observed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2003
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherOptical Society of America
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)1557527482
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003
EventConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 1 Jun 20036 Jun 2003

Publication series

NameOSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series
ISSN (Print)1094-5695


ConferenceConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
Abbreviated titleCLEO '03
CountryUnited States


  • Vulcan Petawatt laser system
  • electron acceleration
  • laser plasma interaction

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Neely, D., Krushelnick, K., Mangles, S., Clarke, R., Collier, J., Dangor, A. E., Danson, C. N., Edwards, R. D., Fritzler, S., Gopal, A., Hatten, P., Heathcote, R., Hernandez-Gomez, C., Ledingham, K. W. D., McKenna, P., Najmudin, Z., Walton, B., & Wei, M. (2003). Particle acceleration using the Vulcan Petawatt laser. In Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2003 (OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series). Optical Society of America.