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The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 427–432 | Cite as

First observation of quasi-monoenergetic electron bunches driven out of ultra-thin diamond-like carbon (DLC) foils

  • D. KieferEmail author
  • A. Henig
  • D. Jung
  • D. C. Gautier
  • K. A. Flippo
  • S. A. Gaillard
  • S. Letzring
  • R. P. Johnson
  • R. C. Shah
  • T. Shimada
  • J. C. Fernández
  • V. Kh. Liechtenstein
  • J. Schreiber
  • B. M. Hegelich
  • D. Habs
Topical issue: Fundamental Physics and Ultra-High Laser Fields

Abstract

Electrons have been accelerated from ultra-thin diamond-like carbon (DLC) foils by an ultrahigh-intensity laser pulse. A distinct quasi-monoenergetic electron spectrum peaked at 30 MeV is observed at a target thickness as thin as 5 nm which is in contrast to the observations of wide spectral distributions for thicker targets. At the same time, a substantial drop in laser-accelerated ion energies is found. The experimental findings give first indication that relativistic electron sheets can be generated from ultra-thin foils which in future may be used to generate brilliant X-ray beams by the coherent reflection of a second laser.

PACS

52.38.-r Laser-plasma interactions 52.38.Kd Laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions 52.50.Jm Plasma production and heating by laser beams 41.75.Jv Laser-driven acceleration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Kiefer
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. Henig
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Jung
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. C. Gautier
    • 3
  • K. A. Flippo
    • 3
  • S. A. Gaillard
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • S. Letzring
    • 3
  • R. P. Johnson
    • 3
  • R. C. Shah
    • 3
  • T. Shimada
    • 3
  • J. C. Fernández
    • 3
  • V. Kh. Liechtenstein
    • 2
    • 6
  • J. Schreiber
    • 1
    • 2
    • 7
  • B. M. Hegelich
    • 2
    • 3
  • D. Habs
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  3. 3.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics, MS-220University of NevadaRenoUSA
  5. 5.Forschungszentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Bautzner Landstrasse 128DresdenGermany
  6. 6.RRC Kurchatov InstituteMoscowRussia
  7. 7.Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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