A Cryogenic Hydrogen Ribbon for Laser Driven Proton Acceleration at Hz-Level Repetition Rate

T. Chagovets*, J. Viswanathan, M. Tryus, F. Grepl, A. Velyhan, S. Stancek, L. Giuffrida, F. Schillaci, J. Cupal, L. Koubikova, D. Garcia, J. Manzagol, P. Bonnay, F. Souris, D. Chatain, A. Girard, D. Margarone

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We report on recent progress in deploying a continuous solid hydrogen ribbon as a debris-free and renewable laser-driven source of pure proton beams generated by a 30-fs laser with ∼1-J laser energy focused on target at relativistic intensities of ∼1019 W/cm2 and repetition rate of 0.1 Hz. The stability of the ribbon position versus the laser interaction point and maximum repetition rate was tested up to 3.3 Hz. The acceleration of protons with cut-off energies up to 1.5 MeV is demonstrated using a 100-μm thick hydrogen ribbon as proof-of-principle capability of the relatively thick target delivery system. The laser-target geometry presented demonstrates an experimental technique that can potentially enables the operation of a laser–plasma source at Hz-level repetition rate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number754423
JournalFrontiers in Physics
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2022

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Funding Information:
This work has been supported by the project Advanced research using high-intensity laser-produced photons and particles (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000789) from European Regional Development Fund (ADONIS) and IMPULSE project by the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 871161.

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Copyright © 2022 Chagovets, Viswanathan, Tryus, Grepl, Velyhan, Stancek, Giuffrida, Schillaci, Cupal, Koubikova, Garcia, Manzagol, Bonnay, Souris, Chatain, Girard and Margarone.


  • high repetition rate
  • high repetition target
  • laser plasma interaction
  • laser proton acceleration
  • solid hydrogen target

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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