ELIMAIA: A Laser-Driven Ion Accelerator for Multidisciplinary Applications

D. Margarone, G A P Cirrone, G. Cuttone, A. G. Amico, L. Ando, Marco Borghesi, S.S. Bulanov, S.V. Bulanov, Denis Chatain, Antonin Fajstavr, L. Giuffrida, Filip Grepl, Satyabrata Kar, Josef Krasa, Daniel Kramer, G. Larosa, R. Leanza, T. Levato, M. Maggiore, Giuliana MilluzzoBoris Odlozilik, Veronica Olsovcova, Jean Paul Perin, J. Pipek, J. Psikal, G. Petringa, J. Ridky, Francesco Romano, B. Rus, Antonio Russo, F. Schillaci, V. Scuderi, A. Velyhan, Roberto Versaci, Tuomas Wiste, Martina Zakova, G. 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
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2018


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