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Ultrafast CO2 laser technology: Application in ion acceleration

Pogorelsky, I. V. and Yakimenko, V. and Polyanskiy, M. and Shkolnikov, P. and Ispiryan, M. and Neely, D. and McKenna, P. and Carroll, D. and Najmudin, Z. and Willingale, L. (2010) Ultrafast CO2 laser technology: Application in ion acceleration. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 620 (1). pp. 67-70. ISSN 0168-9002

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We review principles of picosecond CO2 lasers, operating at 10 mu m wavelength, and their applications for strong-field physics research. Such laser has been used in a number of BNL experiments that explore advanced methods of particle acceleration and X-ray generation. We illustrate merits of the wavelength scaling from optical to mid-IR region by the examples of ion/proton acceleration and report the first experimental results that confirm the expected wavelength scaling of the process.