Radiation pressure acceleration of thin foils with circularly polarized laser pulses

A. P. L. Robinson, M. Zepf, S. Kar, R. G. Evans, C. Bellei

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Abstract

A new regime is described for radiation pressure acceleration of a thin foil by an intense laser beam of above 10(20) W cm(-2). Highly monoenergetic proton beams extending to giga-electron-volt energies can be produced with very high efficiency using circularly polarized light. The proton beams have a very small divergence angle (< 4 degrees). This new method allows the construction of ultra-compact proton and ion accelerators with ultra-short particle bursts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013021
Number of pages14
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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