Ion Acceleration: TNSA and Beyond

Marco Borghesi*

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This paper reviews experimental progress in laser-driven ion acceleration as well as discussing some of the current and foreseen applications employing laser-accelerated beams of ions. While sheath acceleration processes initiated by high-intensity irradiation of solid foils (the so-called target Normal Sheath Acceleration, TNSA) have now been studied for two decades, novel processes which can accelerate ions from the bulk of the irradiated target have emerged more recently. We will summarize the basic physics behind all these mechanisms, as well as briefly reporting current experimental evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser-Driven Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation - Lecture Notes of the “Capri” Advanced Summer School
EditorsLeonida Antonio Gizzi, Petra Koester, Antonio Giulietti, Ralph Assmann
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783030258498
Publication statusPublished - 06 Sep 2019
EventAdvanced Summer School on Laser-Driven Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation, 2017 - Capri, Italy
Duration: 09 Jul 201716 Jul 2017


ConferenceAdvanced Summer School on Laser-Driven Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation, 2017


  • Applications
  • Ion acceleration
  • Laser-matter interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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