High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses

A. Maksimchuk, K. Flippo, H. Krause, G. Mourou, K. Nemoto, D. Shultz, Donald P Umstadter, R. Vane, V. Yu Bychenkov, G. I. Dudnikova, V. F. Kovalev, K. Mima, V. N. Novikov, Y. Sentoku, S. V. Tolokonnikov

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Abstract

This paper reviews the many recent advances at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) at the University of Michigan in multi-MeV ion beam generation from the interaction of short laser pulses focused onto thin foil targets at intensities ranging from 1017 to 1019 W/cm 2. Ion beam characteristics were studied by changing the laser intensity, laser wavelength, target material, and by depositing a well-absorbed coating. We manipulated the proton beam divergence using shaped targets and observed nuclear transformation induced by high-energy protons and deuterons. Qualitative theoretical approaches and fully relativistic two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations modeled energetic ion generation. Comparison with experiments sheds light on ion energy spectra for multi-species plasma, the dependences of ion-energy on preplasma scale length and solid density plasma thickness, and laser-triggered isotope yield. Theoretical predictions are also made with the aim of studying ion generation for high-power lasers with the energies expected in the near future, and for the relativistic intensity table-top laser, a prototype of which is already in operation at CUOS in the limits of severalcycle pulse duration and a single-wavelength spot size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-495
Number of pages23
JournalPlasma Physics Reports
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

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Maksimchuk, A., Flippo, K., Krause, H., Mourou, G., Nemoto, K., Shultz, D., ... Tolokonnikov, S. V. (2004). High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses. Plasma Physics Reports, 30(6), 473-495. https://doi.org/10.1134/1.1768582

High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses. / Maksimchuk, A.; Flippo, K.; Krause, H.; Mourou, G.; Nemoto, K.; Shultz, D.; Umstadter, Donald P; Vane, R.; Bychenkov, V. Yu; Dudnikova, G. I.; Kovalev, V. F.; Mima, K.; Novikov, V. N.; Sentoku, Y.; Tolokonnikov, S. V.

In: Plasma Physics Reports, Vol. 30, No. 6, 01.06.2004, p. 473-495.

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Maksimchuk, A, Flippo, K, Krause, H, Mourou, G, Nemoto, K, Shultz, D, Umstadter, DP, Vane, R, Bychenkov, VY, Dudnikova, GI, Kovalev, VF, Mima, K, Novikov, VN, Sentoku, Y & Tolokonnikov, SV 2004, 'High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses', Plasma Physics Reports, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 473-495. https://doi.org/10.1134/1.1768582
Maksimchuk A, Flippo K, Krause H, Mourou G, Nemoto K, Shultz D et al. High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses. Plasma Physics Reports. 2004 Jun 1;30(6):473-495. https://doi.org/10.1134/1.1768582
Maksimchuk, A. ; Flippo, K. ; Krause, H. ; Mourou, G. ; Nemoto, K. ; Shultz, D. ; Umstadter, Donald P ; Vane, R. ; Bychenkov, V. Yu ; Dudnikova, G. I. ; Kovalev, V. F. ; Mima, K. ; Novikov, V. N. ; Sentoku, Y. ; Tolokonnikov, S. V. / High-energy ion generation by short laser pulses. In: Plasma Physics Reports. 2004 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 473-495.
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