Charge steering of laser plasma accelerated fast ions in a liquid spray - Creation of MeV negative ion and neutral atom beams

M. Schnürer, F. Abicht, R. Prasad, M. Borghesi, G. Priebe, J. Braenzel, A. Andreev, P.V. Nickles, S. Jequier, V. Tikhonchuk, S. Ter-Avetisyan

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Abstract

The scenario of electron capture and loss has been recently proposed for the formation of negative ion and neutral atom beams with up to MeV kinetic energy [S. Ter-Avetisyan, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 051501 (2011)]. Validation of these processes and of their generic nature is here provided in experiments where the ion source and the interaction medium have been spatially separated. Fast positive ions accelerated from a laser plasma source are sent through a cold spray where their charge is changed. Such formed neutral atom or negative ion has nearly the same momentum as the original positive ion. Experiments are released for protons, carbon, and oxygen ions and corresponding beams of negative ions and neutral atoms have been obtained. The electron capture and loss phenomenon is confirmed to be the origin of the negative ion and neutral atom beams. The equilibrium ratios of different charge components and cross sections have been measured. Our method is general and allows the creation of beams of neutral atoms and negative ions for different species which inherit the characteristics of the positive ion source.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113105
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2013

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    Schnürer, M., Abicht, F., Prasad, R., Borghesi, M., Priebe, G., Braenzel, J., Andreev, A., Nickles, P. V., Jequier, S., Tikhonchuk, V., & Ter-Avetisyan, S. (2013). Charge steering of laser plasma accelerated fast ions in a liquid spray - Creation of MeV negative ion and neutral atom beams. Physics of Plasmas, 20(11), [113105]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4829005