Observation of a Hot High-Current Electron Beam from a Self-Modulated Laser Wakefield Accelerator

Abstract : A highly relativistic electron beam produced by a 50 TW laser-plasma accelerator has been characterized by photonuclear techniques. The beam has large divergence that increases with plasma density. The electron yield also increases with plasma density and reaches up to 4×10^11 electrons ( >10MeV), with beam current approaching the Alfvén limit. Effective electron temperatures exceeding 8 MeV are found, leading to an order of magnitude higher photonuclear activation yield than in solid target experiments with the same laser system.
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M. I. K. Santala, Z. Najmudin, E. L. Clark, M. Tatarakis, K. Krushelnick, et al.. Observation of a Hot High-Current Electron Beam from a Self-Modulated Laser Wakefield Accelerator. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2001, 86 (7), pp.1227-1230. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.86.1227⟩. ⟨hal-00520553⟩

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