TITLE

Acceleration of Proton Beams by Relativistically Self-focused Intense Laser Pulses

AUTHOR(S)
Koga, James; Nakajima, Kazuhisa; Yamagiwa, Mitsuru; Zhidkov, Alexei
PUB. DATE
October 2002
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2002, Vol. 634 Issue 1, p50
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations are performed which show the formation of an extremely large electrostatic field near the front of a relativisitically self-focused laser pulse propagating in an underdense plasma. The size of the field is found to reach a maximum of ~ 6.5 TV/m for a 100TW laser pulse propagating over a distance of about 1mm in a plasma at about 3% of the critical density. We use this field generated by relativistically self-focused ultraintense laser pulses to accelerate injected ions.
ACCESSION #
7437277

 

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