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Title: Multi-dimensional effects in radiation pressure acceleration of ions

A laser carries momentum. On reflection from an ultra-thin overdense plasma foil, it deposits recoil momentum on the foil, i.e. exerts radiation pressure on the foil electrons and pushes them to the rear. The space charge field thus created takes the ions along, accelerating the electron-ion double layer as a single unit. When the foil has surface ripple, of wavelength comparable to laser wavelength, the radiation pressure acts non-uniformly on the foil and the perturbation grows as Reyleigh-Taylor (RT) instability as the foil moves. The finite spot size of the laser causes foil to bend. These effects limit the quasi-mono energy acceleration of ions. Multi-ion foils, e.g., diamond like carbon foil embedded with protons offer the possibility of suppressing RT instability.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Physics Department, IIT Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22488644
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1670; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: EIPT-2015: International conference on emerging interfaces of plasma science and technology, Ujjain (India), 9-10 Mar 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ACCELERATION; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DIAMONDS; DISTURBANCES; ELECTRONS; FOILS; IONS; LASER RADIATION; PLASMA; PROTONS; RADIATION PRESSURE; RAYLEIGH-TAYLOR INSTABILITY; RECOILS; REFLECTION; SPACE CHARGE