Achieving Stable Radiation Pressure Acceleration of Heavy Ions via Successive Electron Replenishment from Ionization of a High-Z Material Coating

X. F. Shen, B. Qiao, H. Zhang, S. Kar, C. T. Zhou, H.X. Chang, M. Borghesi, X. T. He

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Citations (Scopus)
203 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

A method to achieve stable radiation pressure acceleration (RPA) of heavy ions from laser-irradiated ultrathin foils is proposed, where a high-Z material coating in front is used. The coated high-Z material, acting as a moving electron repository, continuously replenishes the accelerating heavy ion foil with comoving electrons in the light-sail acceleration stage due to its successive ionization under laser fields with Gaussian temporal profile. As a result, the detrimental effects such as foil deformation and electron loss induced by the Rayleigh-Taylor-like and other instabilities in RPA are significantly offset and suppressed so that stable acceleration of heavy ions are maintained. Particle-in-cell simulations show that a monoenergetic
Al13+ beam with peak energy 3.8 GeV and particle number 10 [to the power of ] 10
(charge >20 nC) can be obtained at intensity 10 [to the power of] 22 W/cm [to the power of] 2.
Original languageEnglish
Article number204802
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume118
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Achieving Stable Radiation Pressure Acceleration of Heavy Ions via Successive Electron Replenishment from Ionization of a High-Z Material Coating'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this