In 1998 Bulanov et al. [Phys. Rev. E 58, R5257 (1998)] proposed a novel scheme for the production of high-quality electron beams in laser wakefield acceleration in which a controlled longitudinal non-linear wave breaking is induced by a tailored electron density profile. This proposal was supported by both analytical and numerical results in a spatially one-dimensional configuration. In this paper we present results of a particle-in-cell simulation, two-dimensional in space and three-dimensional in the fields, of the interaction of an ultraintense laser pulse with a preformed plasma where the electron density decreases steeply from a first to a second plateau. We show that in our regime two-dimensional effects play a relevant role, allowing the production of well collimated, short and almost monochromatic electron beam. Remarkably low values of transverse and longitudinal normalized beam emittance epsilon(rms)(tr)=9x10(-2) mm mrad and epsilon(rms)(lon)=2 mm keV are obtained.
|Autori:||Tomassini P; Galimberti M; Giulietti A; Giulietti D; Gizzi LA; Labate L; Pegoraro F|
|Titolo:||Production of high-quality electron beams in numerical experiments of laser wakefield acceleration with longitudinal wave breaking|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevSTAB.6.121301|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|