Efficient production and diagnostics of MeV proton beams from a cryogenic hydrogen ribbon

A. Velyhan*, L. Giuffrida, V. Scuderi, J. P. Perin, D. Chatain, S. Garcia, P. Bonnay, J. Dostal, J. Ullschmied, R. Dudzak, E. Krousky, J. Cykhardt, J. Prokupek, M. Pfeifer, M. Rosinski, J. Krasa, K. Brabcova, M. D. Napoli, T. Lastovicka, D. Margarone

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A solid hydrogen thin ribbon, produced by the cryogenic system ELISE (Experiments on Laser Interaction with Solid hydrogEn) target delivery system, was experimentally used at the PALS kJ-laser facility to generate intense proton beams with energies in the MeV range. This sophisticated target system operating at cryogenic temperature (∼ 10 K) continuously producing a 62 μm thick target was combined with a 600 J sub-nanosecond laser pulse to generate a collimated proton stream. The accelerated proton beams were fully characterized by a number of diagnostics. High conversion efficiency of laser to energetic protons is of great interest for future potential applications in non-conventional proton therapy and fast ignition for inertial confinement fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC06024
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Instrumentation and methods for time-of-flight (TOF) spectroscopy
  • Ion sources (positive ions, negative ions, electron cyclotron resonance (ECR), electron beam (EBIS))
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Particle tracking detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation


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