Ultrafast CO2 laser technology: Application in ion acceleration

I. V. Pogorelsky, V. Yakimenko, M. Polyanskiy, P. Shkolnikov, M. Ispiryan, D. Neely, P. McKenna, D. Carroll, Z. Najmudin, L. Willingale

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We review principles of picosecond CO2 lasers, operating at 10 mu m wavelength, and their applications for strong-field physics research. Such laser has been used in a number of BNL experiments that explore advanced methods of particle acceleration and X-ray generation. We illustrate merits of the wavelength scaling from optical to mid-IR region by the examples of ion/proton acceleration and report the first experimental results that confirm the expected wavelength scaling of the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Early online date1 Feb 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


  • CO2 laser
  • protons
  • ion acceleration
  • laser


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