Laser-driven proton scaling laws and new paths towards energy increase

J. Fuchs, P. Antici, E. D'Humieres, E. Lefebvre, Marco Borghesi, E. Brambrink, C.A. Cecchetti, M. Kaluza, V. Malka, M. Manclossi, S. Meyroneinc, P. Mora, J. Schreiber, T. Toncian, P. Audebert, H. Pepin

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The past few years have seen remarkable progress in the development of laser-based particle accelerators. The ability to produce ultrabright beams of multi-megaelectronvolt protons routinely has many potential uses from engineering to medicine, but for this potential to be realized substantial improvements in the performances of these devices must be made. Here we show that in the laser-driven accelerator that has been demonstrated experimentally to produce the highest energy protons, scaling laws derived from fluid models and supported by numerical simulations can be used to accurately describe the acceleration of proton beams for a large range of laser and target parameters. This enables us to evaluate the laser parameters needed to produce high-energy and high-quality proton beams of interest for radiography of dense objects or proton therapy of deep-seated tumours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalNature Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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