Schwoerer, H. and Pfotenhauer, S. and Jäckel, O. and Amthor, K.U. and Liesfeld, B. and Ziegler, W. and Sauerbrey, R. and Ledingham, K.W.D. and Esirkepov, T. (2006) Laser-plasma acceleration of quasi-monoenergetic protons from microsctructured targets. Nature, 439 (7075). pp. 445-448. ISSN 0028-0836Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Particle acceleration based on high intensity laser systems (a process known as laser-plasma acceleration) has achieved high quality particle beams that compare favourably with conventional acceleration techniques in terms of emittance, brightness and pulse duration. A long-term difficulty associated with laser-plasma acceleration - the very broad, exponential energy spectrum of the emitted particles - has been overcome recently for electron beams. Here we report analogous results for ions, specifically the production of quasi-monoenergetic proton beams using laser-plasma accelerators. Reliable and reproducible laser-accelerated ion beams were achieved by intense laser irradiation of solid microstructured targets. This proof-of-principle experiment serves to illuminate the role of laser-generated plasmas as feasible particle sources. Scalability studies show that, owing to their compact size and reasonable cost, such table-top laser systems with high repetition rates could contribute to the development of new generations of particle injectors that may be suitable for medical proton therapy.
|Keywords:||particle acceleration, lasers, protons, plasma, ions, nature, Plasma physics. Ionized gases, General|
|Subjects:||Science > Physics > Plasma physics. Ionized gases|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Depositing user:||Mr Derek Boyle|
|Date Deposited:||27 Mar 2007|
|Last modified:||07 Oct 2016 02:05|