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Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference
Long Beach, California United States
May 21, 2006
ISBN: 1-55752-813-6
Electron Acceleration (JWC)

The Effect of Laser Focusing Conditions in Laser Wakefield Acceleration Experiments

Alexander G. Thomas, Stuart P. Mangles, Zulfikar Najmudin, Christopher D. Murphy, Bucker Dangor, Wojciech Rozmus, Karl Krushelnick, Peta S. Foster, Peter A. Norreys, Jordan G. Gallacher, Dino A. Jaroszynski, and Warren B. Mori

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The effect of focusing conditions in laser wakefield acceleration is studied. Short focal length geometries produce large dark currents while longer focal lengths produce narrow energy spread beams.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

A. G. Thomas, S. P. Mangles, Z. Najmudin, C. D. Murphy, B. Dangor, W. Rozmus, K. Krushelnick, P. S. Foster, P. A. Norreys, J. G. Gallacher, D. A. Jaroszynski, and W. B. Mori, "The Effect of Laser Focusing Conditions in Laser Wakefield Acceleration Experiments," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper JWC2.

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