ELIMAIA: A laser-driven ion accelerator for multidisciplinary applications

Daniele Margarone*, G. A.Pablo Cirrone, Giacomo Cuttone, Antonio Amico, Lucio Andò, Marco Borghesi, Stepan S. Bulanov, Sergei V. Bulanov, Denis Chatain, Antonín Fajstavr, Lorenzo Giuffrida, Filip Grepl, Satyabrata Kar, Josef Krasa, Daniel Kramer, Giuseppina Larosa, Renata Leanza, Tadzio Levato, Mario Maggiore, Lorenzo MantiGuliana Milluzzo, Boris Odlozilik, Veronika Olsovcova, Jean Paul Perin, Jan Pipek, Jan Psikal, Giada Petringa, Jan Ridky, Francesco Romano, Bedřich Rus, Antonio Russo, Francesco Schillaci, Valentina Scuderi, Andriy Velyhan, Roberto Versaci, Tuomas Wiste, Martina Zakova, Georg Korn

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The main direction proposed by the community of experts in the field of laser-driven ion acceleration is to improve particle beam features (maximum energy, charge, emittance, divergence, monochromaticity, shot-to-shot stability) in order to demonstrate reliable and compact approaches to be used for multidisciplinary applications, thus, in principle, reducing the overall cost of a laser-based facility compared to a conventional accelerator one and, at the same time, demonstrating innovative and more effective sample irradiation geometries. The mission of the laser-driven ion target area at ELI-Beamlines (Extreme Light Infrastructure) in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic, called ELI Multidisciplinary Applications of laser-Ion Acceleration (ELIMAIA), is to provide stable, fully characterized and tuneable beams of particles accelerated by Petawatt-class lasers and to offer them to the user community for multidisciplinary applications. The ELIMAIA beamline has been designed and developed at the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic (IoP-ASCR) in Prague and at the National Laboratories of Southern Italy of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (LNS-INFN) in Catania (Italy). An international scientific network particularly interested in future applications of laser driven ions for hadrontherapy, ELI MEDical applications (ELIMED), has been established around the implementation of the ELIMAIA experimental system. The basic technology used for ELIMAIA research and development, along with envisioned parameters of such user beamline will be described and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages19
JournalQuantum Beam Science
Issue number2
Early online date02 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This work has been supported by the project ELI—Extreme Light Infrastructure—phase 2 (CZ.02.1.01/ 0.0/0.0/15_008/0000162) from European Regional Development Fund, by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (project No. LQ1606) and by the projects “advanced research using high intensity laser produced photons and particles“ (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000789) and high field initiative (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000449) from European Regional Development Fund.

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  • Compact accelerator
  • Dosimetry of laser-driven ions
  • Ion beam transport
  • Laser-ion beamline
  • Laser-plasma acceleration
  • Multidisciplinary applications of ions
  • Pulsed ion beams
  • Ultrahigh intensity laser-matter interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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