Ion Acceleration Using Relativistic Pulse Shaping in Near-Critical-Density Plasmas

Bin, J. H. and Ma, W. J. and Wang, H. Y. and Streeter, M. J. V. and Kreuzer, C. and Kiefer, D. and Yeung, M. and Cousens, S. and Foster, P. S. and Dromey, B. and Yan, X. Q. and Ramis, R. and Meyer-ter-Vehn, J. and Zepf, M. and Schreiber, J. (2015) Ion Acceleration Using Relativistic Pulse Shaping in Near-Critical-Density Plasmas. Physical review letters, 115 (6). ISSN 1079-7114

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Abstract

Ultraintense laser pulses with a few-cycle rising edge are ideally suited to accelerating ions from ultrathin foils, and achieving such pulses in practice represents a formidable challenge.We show that such pulses can be obtained using sufficiently strong and well-controlled relativistic nonlinearities in spatially well-defined near-critical-density plasmas. The resulting ultraintense pulses with an extremely steep rising edge give rise to significantly enhanced carbon ion energies consistent with a transition to radiation pressure acceleration.

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Journal Article
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Physical review letters
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31 Oct 2017 14:32
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