Employing laser-accelerated proton beams to diagnose high intensity laser-plasma interactions

Sarri, Gianluca G. and Cecchetti, Carlo Alberto C.A. and Quinn, K. and Norreys, Peter A. P.A. and Trines, Raoul and Willi, Oswald O. and Fuchs, Julien E. J.E. and McKenna, Paul M. P.M. and Quinn, Mark N. M.N. and Pegoraro, Francesco F. and Bulanov, Sergei V. S.V. and Borghesi, Marco M. (2012) Employing laser-accelerated proton beams to diagnose high intensity laser-plasma interactions. In: Light and Extreme Intensities 2011. AIP Conference Proceedings . Springer, Berlin, pp. 149-154. ISBN 9780735410664

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Abstract

A review of the proton radiography technique will be presented. This technique employs laser-accelerated laminar bunches of protons to diagnose the temporal and spatial characteristic of the electric and magnetic fields generated during high-intensity laser-plasma interactions. The remarkable temporal and spatial resolution that this technique can achieve (of the order of a picosecond and a few microns respectively) candidates this technique as the preferrable one, if compared to other techniques, to probe high intensity laser-matterinteractions.