Design considerations for the use of laser-plasma accelerators for advanced space radiation studies

Koenigstein, T. and Karger, O. and Pretzler, G. and Rosenzweig, J. B. and Hidding, B. (2012) Design considerations for the use of laser-plasma accelerators for advanced space radiation studies. Journal of Plasma Physics, 78 (4 spec). pp. 383-391. ISSN 0022-3778

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    Abstract

    We present design considerations for the use of laser-plasma accelerators for mimicking space radiation and testing space-grade electronics. This novel application takes advantage of the inherent ability of laser-plasma accelerators to produce particle beams with exponential energy distribution, which is a characteristic shared with the hazardous relativistic electron flux present in the radiation belts of planets such as Earth, Saturn and Jupiter. Fundamental issues regarding laser-plasma interaction parameters, beam propagation, flux development, and experimental setup are discussed.