Wide-angle electron beams from laser-wakefield accelerators

E. Brunetti, X. Yang, F.Y. Li, D. Reboredo Gil, G.H. Welsh, S. Cipiccia, B. Ersfeld, D.W. Grant, P.A. Grant, M.R. Islam, M. Shahzad, M.P. Tooley, G. Vieux, S.M. Wiggins, Z.M. Sheng, D.A. Jaroszynski

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Abstract

Advances in laser technology have driven the development of laser-wakefield accelerators, compact devices that are capable of accelerating electrons to GeV energies over centimetre distances by exploiting the strong electric field gradients arising from the interaction of intense laser pulses with an underdense plasma. A side-effect of this acceleration mechanism is the production of high-charge, low-energy electron beams at wide angles. Here we present an experimental and numerical study of the properties of these wide-angle electron beams, and show that they carry off a significant fraction of the energy transferred from the laser to the plasma. These high-charge, wide-angle beams can also cause damage to laser-wakefield accelerators based on capillaries, as well as become source of unwanted bremsstrahlung radiation.
LanguageEnglish
Pages102400P-102400P-12
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Volume10240
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2017

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Keywords

  • laser-wakefield acceleration
  • low-energy high-charge electron beams
  • laser-driven particle accelerators
  • plasma

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Brunetti, E., Yang, X., Li, F. Y., Reboredo Gil, D., Welsh, G. H., Cipiccia, S., ... Jaroszynski, D. A. (2017). Wide-angle electron beams from laser-wakefield accelerators. Proceedings of SPIE, 10240, 102400P-102400P-12. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2269314
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Wide-angle electron beams from laser-wakefield accelerators. / Brunetti, E.; Yang, X.; Li, F.Y.; Reboredo Gil, D.; Welsh, G.H.; Cipiccia, S.; Ersfeld, B.; Grant, D.W.; Grant, P.A.; Islam, M.R.; Shahzad, M.; Tooley, M.P.; Vieux, G.; Wiggins, S.M.; Sheng, Z.M.; Jaroszynski, D.A.

In: Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 10240, 07.05.2017, p. 102400P-102400P-12.

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Brunetti E, Yang X, Li FY, Reboredo Gil D, Welsh GH, Cipiccia S et al. Wide-angle electron beams from laser-wakefield accelerators. Proceedings of SPIE. 2017 May 7;10240:102400P-102400P-12. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2269314