Improved laser-to-proton conversion efficiency in isolated reduced mass targets

Morace, A.; Bellei, C.; Bartal, T.; Willingale, L.; Kim, J.; Maksimchuk, A.; Krushelnick, K.; Wei, M. S.; Patel, P. K.; Batani, D.; Piovella, N.; Stephens, R. B.; Beg, F. N.
July 2013
Applied Physics Letters;7/29/2013, Vol. 103 Issue 5, p054102
Academic Journal
We present experimental results of laser-to-proton conversion efficiency as a function of lateral confinement of the refluxing electrons. Experiments were carried out using the T-Cubed laser at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan. We demonstrate that the laser-to-proton conversion efficiency increases by 50% with increased confinement of the target from surroundings with respect to a flat target of the same thickness. Three-dimensional hybrid particle-in-cell simulations using LSP code agree with the experimental data. The adopted target design is suitable for high repetition rate operation as well as for Inertial Confinement Fusion applications.


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