High-energy electrons can be produced in interactions of intense, ultra-short laser pulses with plasmas. Experiments conducted in the regime of moderate laser power (a few terawatts [TW]) are attracting increasing attention for their possibility of optimizing the acceleration process. Here we report the successful production of several-MeV electron bunches in interactions of femtosecond laser pulses from a 10TW tabletop laser with supersonic gas-jets. The laser-plasma interaction and the obtained electron bunches have been characterized in detail, and conditions for stable and reproducible acceleration have been found. The accelerated electron bunches have been characterized by means of the measurement of the induced photo-activation of a gold sample via bremsstrahlung-generation of photons with suitable energy. The obtained result opens up a wide range of possible applications of the compact electron source for the concerns of nuclear physics studies. Some of them are briefly considered in this paper.
|Autori:||Gamucci A; Bourgeois N; Ceccotti T; Davoine X; Dobosz S; D'Oliveira P; Galimberti M; Galy J; Giulietti A; Giulietti D; Gizzi LA; Hamilton DJ; Labate L; Lefebvre E; Marques JR; Martin P; Monot P; Popescu H; Reau F; Sarri G; Tomassini P|
|Titolo:||Results of a laser-driven electron acceleration experiment and perspectives of application for nuclear studies RID B-9835-2009 RID G-4487-2011 RID A-5215-2011|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/10420151003731983|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|