Ion Acceleration Using Relativistic Pulse Shaping in Near-Critical-Density Plasmas

J. H. Bin, W. J. Ma, H. Y. Wang, M. J. V. Streeter, C. Kreuzer, D. Kiefer, M. Yeung, S. Cousens, P. S. Foster, B. Dromey, X. Q. Yan, R. Ramis, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, M. Zepf, J. Schreiber

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Ultraintense laser pulses with a few-cycle rising edge are ideally suited to accelerating ions from ultrathin foils, and achieving such pulses in practice represents a formidable challenge. We show that such pulses can be obtained using sufficiently strong and well-controlled relativistic nonlinearities in spatially well-defined near-critical-density plasmas. The resulting ultraintense pulses with an extremely steep rising edge give rise to significantly enhanced carbon ion energies consistent with a transition to radiation pressure acceleration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064801
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 07 Aug 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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