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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 22558–22565

Simultaneous generation of monoenergetic tunable protons and carbon ions from laser-driven nanofoils

T. P. Yu, Y. Yin, D. B. Zou, Z. Y. Ge, X. H. Yang, H. B. Zhuo, Y. Y. Ma, F. Q. Shao, and A. Pukhov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 22558-22565 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.022558


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Abstract

Simultaneous generation of monoenergetic tunable protons and carbon ions from intense laser multi-component nanofoil interaction is demonstrated by using particle-in-cell simulations. It is shown that, the protons with the largest charge-to-mass ratio are instantly separated from other ion species and are efficiently accelerated in the ”phase stable” way. The carbon ions always ride on the heavier oxygen ion front with an electron-filling gap between the protons and carbon ions. At the cost of widely spread oxygen ions, monoenergetic collimated protons and carbon ions are obtained simultaneously. By modulating the heavier ion densities in the foil, it is capable to control the final beam quality, which is well interpreted by a simple analytical model.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2013
Published: September 18, 2013

Citation
T. P. Yu, Y. Yin, D. B. Zou, Z. Y. Ge, X. H. Yang, H. B. Zhuo, Y. Y. Ma, F. Q. Shao, and A. Pukhov, "Simultaneous generation of monoenergetic tunable protons and carbon ions from laser-driven nanofoils," Opt. Express 21, 22558-22565 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-19-22558


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