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Controlling the Phase-Space Volume of Injected Electrons in a Laser-Plasma Accelerator

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Abstract

To take full advantage of a laser-plasma accelerator, stability and control of the electron beam parameters have to be achieved. The external injection scheme with two colliding laser pulses is a way to stabilize the injection of electrons into the plasma wave, and to easily tune the energy of the output beam by changing the longitudinal position of the injection. In this Letter, it is shown that by tuning the optical injection parameters, one is able to control the phase-space volume of the injected particles, and thus the charge and the energy spread of the beam. With this method, the production of a laser accelerated electron beam of 10 pC at the 200 MeV level with a 1% relative energy spread at full width half maximum (3.1% rms) is demonstrated. This unique tunability extends the capability of laser-plasma accelerators and their applications.
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hal-00498543 , version 1 (07-07-2010)

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Clément Rechatin, Jérôme Faure, Ahmed Ben-Ismaïl, J. Lim, Romuald Fitour, et al.. Controlling the Phase-Space Volume of Injected Electrons in a Laser-Plasma Accelerator. Physical Review Letters, 2009, 102 (16), pp.164801. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.164801⟩. ⟨hal-00498543⟩
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