Quasimonoenergetic proton beam from ultraintense-laser irradiation of a target with holed backside

Yu, T. P.; Ma, Y. Y.; Chen, M.; Shao, F. Q.; Yu, M. Y.; Gu, Y. Q.; Yin, Y.
March 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2009, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p033112
Academic Journal
A scheme for producing quasimonoenergetic proton beams is presented. In the scheme, a thin solid target with a tiny hole on its backside is employed. The optimal hole diameter is of the order of the laser spot size so that a localized uniform sheath field can be generated in the hole. Particle-in-cell simulations demonstrate that the highly localized uniform fields can produce monoenergetic target normal sheath acceleration protons in the hole. The transverse electric fields can well suppress the transverse divergence of the protons. The dependence of the proton beam quality on the focal radius and hole structure is also investigated. This special tailed target together with optimized laser parameters can serve as sources for collimated as well as quasimonoenergetic proton beams.


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