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Laser-driven proton acceleration and plasma diagnostics with J-KAREN laser
Author(s): A. S. Pirozhkov; M. Mori; A. Yogo; H. Kiriyama; K. Ogura; A. Sagisaka; J.-L. Ma; S. Orimo; M. Nishiuchi; H. Sugiyama; T. Zh. Esirkepov; S. V. Bulanov; H. Okada; S. Kondo; S. Kanazawa; Y. Nakai; A. Akutsu; T. Motomura; M. Tanoue; T. Shimomura; M. Ikegami; T. Shirai; Y. Iwashita; A. Noda; I. W. Choi; S. K. Lee; J. Lee; Y. Oishi; T. Kimura; T. Tajima; H. Daido
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Paper Abstract

We describe results of experiments on laser-driven proton acceleration and corresponding laser-plasma diagnostics performed with the multi-10-TW J-KAREN laser. The laser consists of a high-pulse-energy oscillator, saturable absorber, stretcher, Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier (OPCPA), two 4-pass Ti:Sapphire amplifiers, and compressor. The final amplifier is cryogenically cooled down to 100 K to avoid thermal lensing. The laser provides ~30 fs, ~ 1 J, high-contrast pulses with the nanosecond contrast better than 1010. The peak intensity is 1020 W/cm2 with the 3- 4 μm focal spot. Using few-μm tape and sub-μm ribbon targets we produced protons with the energies up to 4 MeV. The tape target and repetitive laser operation allowed achieving proton acceleration at 1 Hz. We found significant differences in stability and angular distribution of proton beam in high-contrast and normal-contrast modes. The plasma diagnostics included interferometry and measurement of the target reflectivity. The latter provides convenient diagnostics of the laser contrast in the ion acceleration, harmonics generation, and other laser - solid target interaction experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7354, Nonlinear Optics and Applications III, 735414 (19 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820635
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A. S. Pirozhkov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Mori, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
A. Yogo, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
H. Kiriyama, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
K. Ogura, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
A. Sagisaka, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
J.-L. Ma, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
S. Orimo, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Nishiuchi, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
H. Sugiyama, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
T. Zh. Esirkepov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)
S. V. Bulanov, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)
A.M. Prokhorov Institute of General Physics (Russian Federation)
H. Okada, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
S. Kondo, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
S. Kanazawa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
Y. Nakai, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
A. Akutsu, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
T. Motomura, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Tanoue, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
T. Shimomura, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
M. Ikegami, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
T. Shirai, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Y. Iwashita, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
A. Noda, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
I. W. Choi, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
S. K. Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
J. Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Y. Oishi, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Japan)
T. Kimura, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
T. Tajima, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)
H. Daido, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7354:
Nonlinear Optics and Applications III
Mario Bertolotti, Editor(s)

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