All-optical measurement of the hot electron sheath driving laser ion acceleration from thin foils

O. Jäckel, J. Polz, S. M. Pfotenhauer, H. P. Schlenvoigt, H. Schwoerer, M. C. Kaluza

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Abstract

We present experimental results from an all-optical diagnostic method to directly measure the evolution of the hot-electron distribution driving the acceleration of ions from thin foils using high-intensity lasers. Central parameters of laser ion acceleration such as the hot-electron density, the temperature distribution and the conversion efficiency from laser pulse energy into hot electrons become comprehensively accessible with this technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103027
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

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