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High energy electrons from interaction with a 10 mm gas-jet at FLAME
Author(s): G. M. Grittani; M. P. Anania; G. Gatti; D. Giulietti; M. Kando; M. Krus; L. Labate; T. Levato; Y. Oishi; F. Rossi; L. A. Gizzi
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we discuss the spectra of the electrons produced in the laser-plasma acceleration experiment at FLAME. Here a <30 fs laser pulse is focused via an f/10 parabola in a focal spot of 10 μm diameter into a 1.2 mm by 10 mm rectangular Helium gas-jets at a backing pressure ranging from 5 to 15 bar. The intensity achieved exceeds 1019 Wcm −2. In our experiment the laser is set to propagate in the gas-jet along the longitudinal axis to use the 10 mm gas-jet length and to evaluate the role of density gradients. The propagation of the laser pulse in the gas is monitored by means of a Thomson scattering optical imaging. Accelerated electrons are set to propagate for 47,5 cm before being detected by a scintillating screen to evaluate bunch divergence and pointing. Alternatively, electrons are set to propagate in the field of a magnetic dipole before reaching the scintillating screen in order to evaluate their energy spectrum. Our experimental data show highly collimated bunches (<1 mrad) with a relatively stable pointing direction (<10 mrad). Typical bunch electron energy ranges between 50 and 200 MeV with occasional exceptional events of higher energy up to 1GeV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8779, Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions II; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles II; and Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves III, 87791B (7 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027030
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G. M. Grittani, ILIL, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
M. P. Anania, Lab. Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy)
G. Gatti, Lab. Nazionali di Frascati, INFN (Italy)
D. Giulietti, ILIL, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
M. Kando, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Krus, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
L. Labate, ILIL, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy)
T. Levato, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Univ. di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
Y. Oishi, INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy)
CRIEPI (Japan)
F. Rossi, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
L. A. Gizzi, ILIL, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8779:
Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions II; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles II; and Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves III
Eric Esarey; Carl B. Schroeder; Wim P. Leemans; Kenneth W. D. Ledingham; Dino A. Jaroszynski, Editor(s)

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