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Ion acceleration with radiation pressure in quantum electrodynamic regimes
Author(s): Dario Del Sorbo; David R. Blackman; Remi Capdessus; Kristina Small; Cody Slade-Lowther; Wen Luo; Matthew J. Duff; Alexander P. L. Robinson; Paul McKenna; Zheng-Ming Sheng; John Pasley; Christopher P. Ridgers
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Paper Abstract

The radiation pressure of next generation high-intensity lasers could efficiently accelerate ions to GeV energies. However, nonlinear quantum-electrodynamic effects play an important role in the interaction of these lasers with matter. We show that these quantum-electrodynamic effects lead to the production of a critical density pair-plasma which completely absorbs the laser pulse and consequently reduces the accelerated ion energy and efficiency by 30-50%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, 102411I (17 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271137
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Dario Del Sorbo, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)
David R. Blackman, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)
Remi Capdessus, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Kristina Small, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)
Cody Slade-Lowther, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)
Wen Luo, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Matthew J. Duff, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Alexander P. L. Robinson, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Paul McKenna, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Zheng-Ming Sheng, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
John Pasley, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)
Christopher P. Ridgers, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10241:
Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III
Georg Korn; Luis O. Silva, Editor(s)

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