Proton acceleration by ultrashort intense laser interaction with microstructured snow targets

Elad Schleifer, Zohar Henis, Mordechai Botton, Omer Shavit, Daniel F. Gordon, Arie Zigler

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Enhanced proton acceleration to high energy by relatively modest ultrashort laser pulses and structured dynamic plasma snow targets was demonstrated experimentally. High proton yield emitted to narrow solid angle with energies of up 25 MeV were detected from interaction of a 5 TW laser with snow targets. The high yield was attributed to a carefully planned prepulse and microstructured snow targets. We studied experimentally the minimal energy requirements for the adequate prepulse and we are using PIC simulations to study the dynamics of acceleration process. Based on our simulations, we predict that using the proposed scheme protons can be accelerated to energies above 150 MeV by 100 TW laser systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-471
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Laser acceleration
  • Laser driven radiation therapy
  • Laser plasma interaction
  • Proton acceleration
  • Ultrashort intense laser


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