Single-shot divergence measurements of a laser-generated relativistic electron beam

Perez, F.; Baton, S. D.; Koenig, M.; Chen, C. D.; Hey, D.; Key, M. H.; Le Pape, S.; Ma, T.; McLean, H. S.; MacPhee, A. G.; Patel, P. K.; Ping, Y.; Beg, F. N.; Higginson, D. P.; Murphy, C. W.; Sawada, H.; Westover, B.; Yabuuchi, T.; Akli, K. U.; Giraldez, E.
November 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p113106
Academic Journal
The relativistic electron transport induced by an ultraintense picosecond laser is experimentally investigated using an x-ray two-dimensional imaging system. Previous studies of the electron beam divergence [R. B. Stephens et al. Phys. Rev. E 69, 066414 (2004), for instance] were based on an x-ray imaging of a fluorescence layer buried at different depths in the target along the propagation axis. This technique required several shots to be able to deduce the divergence of the beam. Other experiments produced single-shot images in a one-dimensional geometry. The present paper describes a new target design producing a single-shot, two-dimensional image of the electrons propagating in the target. Several characteristics of the electron beam are extracted and discussed and Monte Carlo simulations provide a good understanding of the observed beam shape. The proposed design has proven to be efficient, reliable, and promising for further similar studies.


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