Particle Acceleration Driven by High-Power, Short Pulse Lasers

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 948)

Abstract

The availability of high-power, short-pulse laser systems has created over the last two decades a novel branch of accelerator physics. Laser-driven electron and ion acceleration based on the enormous acceleration fields that can be realized over very short acceleration lengths during ultra-short pulse periods has gained enormous interest and huge efforts are conducted worldwide to realize optimized acceleration schemes and beam properties, drawing on the rapid development of the underlying laser technology. The present chapter reviews this development, starting with a primer on the basic features of relativistic laser-plasma interaction. Subsequently, laser-driven acceleration mechanisms for electrons and ions are introduced. Finally, an example for the application of laser-driven ion bunches for nuclear astrophysics is given, based on the unprecedented high density of laser-accelerated ion bunches.

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