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High-charge divergent electron beam generation from high-intensity laser interaction with a gas-cluster target

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 April 2015

P. Koester*
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
G.C. Bussolino
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
G. Cristoforetti
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
A. Faenov
Affiliation:
Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Moscow, Russia Division for Photon Science and Technology, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
A. Giulietti
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
D. Giulietti
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
L. Labate
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
T. Levato
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy Fyzikální ústav AV ČR v.v.i., Praha, Czech Republic
T. Pikuz
Affiliation:
Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Moscow, Russia Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
L.A. Gizzi
Affiliation:
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
*
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: P. Koester, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto Nazionale Ottica, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy. E-mail: petra.koester@ino.it

Abstract

We report on an experimental study on the interaction of a high-contrast 40 fs duration 2 TW laser pulse with an argon-cluster target. A high-charge, homogeneous, large divergence electron beam with moderate kinetic energy (~2 MeV) is observed in the forward direction. The results show that an electron beam with a charge as high as 12 nC can be obtained using a table-top laser system. It was demonstrated that the accelerated electron beam is suitable for a variety of applications such as micro-radiography of thin samples in a wide field of view. It can also be applied for in vitro dosimetry studies.

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