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Complete characterization of laser wakefield acceleration
Author(s): Laszlo Veisz; Alexander Buck; Maria Nicolai; Karl Schmid; Chris M. S. Sears; Alexander Sävert; Julia M. Mikhailova; Ferenc Krausz; Malte C. Kaluza
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Paper Abstract

We report on measurement techniques of the charge, spectrum, divergence, transverse emittance and the first real-time observation of the accelerated electron pulse and the accelerating plasma wave. Our time-resolved study allows a singleshot measurement of the electron bunch duration providing a value of 5.8 +1.9 -2.1 fs full-width at half maximum (2.5+0.8 -0.9 fs root mean square) as well as the plasma wave with a density-dependent period of 12-22 fs. It reveals the evolution of the bunch, its position in the surrounding plasma wave and the wake dynamics. The results afford promise for brilliant, sub-angstrom-wavelength ultrafast electron and photon sources for diffraction imaging with atomic resolution in space and time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8079, Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles, 807906 (26 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.890952
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Laszlo Veisz, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Alexander Buck, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Maria Nicolai, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Karl Schmid, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Chris M. S. Sears, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Alexander Sävert, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Julia M. Mikhailova, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Ferenc Krausz, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Germany)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Malte C. Kaluza, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8079:
Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles
Wim P. Leemans; Eric Esarey; Simon M. Hooker; Kenneth W. D. Ledingham, Editor(s)

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