Laser-Driven Ion Accelerators: State of the Art and Applications

Marco Borghesi, A. Macchi

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Laser-plasma based accelerators of protons and heavier ions are a source of potential interest for several applications, including in the biomedical area. While the potential future use in cancer hadrontherapy acts as a strong aspirational motivation for this research field, radiobiology employing laser-driven ion bursts is alreadyan active field of research. Here we give a summary of the state of the art in laser driven ion acceleration, of the main challenges currently faced by the research inthis field and of some of the current and future strategies for overcoming them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Laser-Driven Particle Acceleration Towards Radiobiology and Medicine
EditorsAntonio Giulietti
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-31563-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-31561-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameBiological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering


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