IPS Progress: Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 024801 (2010)
Posted on September 29, 2010

Abstract: Using multidimensional particle-in-cell simulations we study ion acceleration from a foil irradiated by a circularly polarized laser pulse at 1022 W/cm2 intensity. When the foil is shaped initially in the transverse direction to match the laser intensity profile, three different regions (acceleration, transparency, and deformation region) are observed. In the acceleration region, the foil can be uniformly accelerated for a longer time compared to a usual flat target. Undesirable plasma heating is effectively suppressed. The final energy spectrum of the accelerated ion beam in the acceleration region is improved dramatically. Collimated GeV quasi-monoenergetic ion beams carrying as much as 19% of the laser energy are observed in multidimensional simulations.

URL: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.024801
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.024801
PACS: 41.75.Jv, 52.38.Kd

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