TITLE

Enhanced laser ion acceleration from mass-limited foils

AUTHOR(S)
Kluge, T.; Enghardt, W.; Kraft, S. D.; Schramm, U.; Zeil, K.; Cowan, T. E.; Bussmann, M.
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Dec2010, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p123103
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper reports on simulations of solid mass-limited targets (MLT) via electrodynamic two-dimensional, three velocity component particle-in-cell simulations. The interaction with long (300 fs) high intensity (1020 W/cm2) laser pulses with targets of diameter down to 1 μm is described in detail with respect to electron dynamics and proton and ion acceleration. Depending on the foil diameter, different effects consecutively arise. Electrons laterally recirculate within the target, smoothening the target rear accelerating sheath and increasing the hot electron density and temperature. Our results suggest that the most significant ion energy enhancement should be expected for MLT with diameter below the laser focal spot size. The spread of energetic protons is decreased for medium sized foils while it is greatly increased for foils of size near the focal spot size.
ACCESSION #
56912102

 

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