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Title: Diagnostics for studies of novel laser ion acceleration mechanisms

Diagnostic for investigating and distinguishing different laser ion acceleration mechanisms has been developed and successfully tested. An ion separation wide angle spectrometer can simultaneously investigate three important aspects of the laser plasma interaction: (1) acquire angularly resolved energy spectra for two ion species, (2) obtain ion energy spectra for multiple species, separated according to their charge to mass ratio, along selected axes, and (3) collect laser radiation reflected from and transmitted through the target and propagating in the same direction as the ion beam. Thus, the presented diagnostic constitutes a highly adaptable tool for accurately studying novel acceleration mechanisms in terms of their angular energy distribution, conversion efficiency, and plasma density evolution.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Lund University, P. O. Box 118, S-221 00 Lund (Sweden)
  2. Helmholtz-Institut Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany)
  3. Technische Universität Darmstadt, D-64289 Darmstadt (Germany)
  4. ExtreMe Matter Institut, D-64291 Darmstadt (Germany)
  5. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom)
  6. (Germany)
  7. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22392224
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ACCELERATION; EFFICIENCY; ENERGY SPECTRA; IONS; LASER RADIATION; LASERS; PLASMA DENSITY; SPECTROMETERS