Real-time diagnostics of fast light ion beams accelerated by a sub-nanosecond laser

Daniele Margarone*, Josef Krása, Antonino Picciotto, Jan Prokupek

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Multi-MeV proton and light ion beams had been produced using the 300 ps, kJ-class iodine laser, operating at Prague Asterix Laser System (PALS) Centre in Prague. The target material had been chosen in such a way so as to increase the proton beam current density (approaching 0.1A/cm2 at the distance of 1 m from the source). The real-time ion detection was performed by means of a standard flat and ring ion collectors (IC) in the time-of-flight (TOF) configuration. The ICs had been shielded with aluminum foils of various thickness, in order to cut the long photo-peak contribution that is usually overlapping with the ultrafast particle signal, and to analyze mainly the laser-accelerated proton beam. The processing of the obtained experimental IC data is described in some detail, including the deconvolution of TOF signals, evaluation of the UV/soft-X-ray photo-peak absorption, and ion transmission calculations for different metallic filters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ion beams
  • Laser-driven acceleration
  • Real-time diagnostics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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