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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*
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
G.C. Bussolino
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
G. Cristoforetti
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
A. Faenov
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
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy
D. Giulietti
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
L. Labate
Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
T. Levato
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
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
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:


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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