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A laser-driven droplet source for plasma physics applications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 September 2020

Bastian Aurand
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Esin Aktan
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Kerstin Maria Schwind
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Rajendra Prasad
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Mirela Cerchez
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Toma Toncian
Affiliation:
Institute for Radiation Physics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden, Germany
Oswald Willi
Affiliation:
Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Abstract

In this paper, we report on the acceleration of protons and oxygen ions from tens of micrometer large water droplets by a high-intensity laser in the range of 1020 W/cm2. Proton energies of up to 6 MeV were obtained from a hybrid acceleration regime between classical Coulomb explosion and shocks. Besides the known thermal energy spectrum, a collective acceleration of oxygen ions of different charge states is observed. 3D PIC simulations and analytical models are employed to support the experiential findings and reveal the potential for further applications and studies.

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