Investigations of Field Dynamics in Laser Plasmas with Proton Imaging

  • Thomas┬áSokollik
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-4
  3. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
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      Pages 7-15
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  4. Proton Beam Characterization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
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      Pages 55-59
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  5. Proton Imaging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
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  6. Appendix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
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About this book

Introduction

Laser driven proton beams are still in their infancy but already have some outstanding attributes compared to those from conventional accelerators. One such attribute is the typically low beam emittance. This allows excellent resolution in imaging applications like proton radiography. In the thesis by Thomas Sokollik a novel imaging technique - the proton streak camera - was developed and first used to measure both the spatial and temporal evolution of ultra-strong electrical fields in laser-driven plasmas. Such investigations are of paramount importance for the understanding of laser-plasma interactions and, thus, for optimization of laser driven particle acceleration. In particular, the present work investigated micrometer-sized spherical targets after laser irradiation. The confined geometry of plasmas and fields was found to influence the kinetic energy and spatial distribution of accelerated ions. This could be shown both in experimental radiography images and and in numerical simulations, one of which was selected for the cover page of Physical Review Letters.

Keywords

Laser driven ion acceleration Mass-Limited targets Proton deflectometry Proton imaging Proton streak camera

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas┬áSokollik
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.BerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15040-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-15039-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-15040-1