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High Field Photonics in Laser Plasmas: Propagation Studies, Electron Acceleration, and Nuclear Activation With Ultrashort Intense Laser Pulses

  • Antonio Giulietti
  • Andrea Gamucci
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Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 98)

Summary

Ultrashort intense laser pulses, when focused, allow to obtain photon densities as high as 1027 phot cm − 3 and field amplitudes exceeding 1012 V cm − 1. This opens the exciting scenario of high field photonics in laser-produced plasmas. Millimeter size laser driven accelerators have been set up, which deliver efficiently relativistic electron bunches with a table top equipment. Such electron bunches are already suitable to be used for a variety of applications, including cancer therapy. Alternatively, they can support, via bremsstrahlung in a dumper, an intense source of gamma-rays whose spectral component in the Giant Dipole Resonance of nuclei allows photonuclear activation of radio-isotopes. To further progress in this field, a detailed knowledge and a systematic control of the laser pulse propagation is required. The paper shortly introduces and reviews relevant achievements in this domain.

Keywords

Plasma Wave Laser Plasma Plasma Channel Giant Dipole Resonance Electron Bunch 
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Acknowledgements

Authors are grateful to Philippe Martin and all the colleagues of the PHI group from CEA-Saclay; to Danilo Giulietti, Leonida A. Gizzi, Luca Labate, and all the other colleagues of the ILIL team from CNR, INFN, and University of Pisa.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory (ILIL), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), IPCF - CNR CampusPisaItaly
  2. 2.Sezione di Pisa Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NuclearePisaItaly

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