Effects of ionization in a laser Wakefield accelerator

McGuffey, C. and Schumaker, W. and Kneip, Stefan and Matsuoka, T. and Bychenkov, Valery Yu. and Glazyrin, I. V. and Karpeev, A. V. and Dollar, F. J. and Chvykov, Vladimir and Kalintchenko, Galina and Yanovsky, Victor and Thomas, Alexander George Roy and Maksimchuk, Anatoly and Krushelnick, Karl (2010) Effects of ionization in a laser Wakefield accelerator. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1299. pp. 144-149. ISSN 0094-243X

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Experimental results are presented from studies of the ionization injection process in laser wakefield acceleration using the Hercules laser with laser power up to 100 TW. Gas jet targets consisting of gas mixtures reduced the density threshold required for electron injection and increased the maximum beam charge. Gas mixture targets produced smooth beams even at densities which would produce severe beam breakup in pure He targets and the divergence was found to increase with gas mixture pressure.

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