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Appl. Sci. 2013, 3(3), 559-580; doi:10.3390/app3030559

Laser-Plasma Acceleration with FLAME and ILIL Ultraintense Lasers

1,2,3,* , 4
1 Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory (ILIL), INO-CNR, Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy 2 National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) Sezione di Pisa, Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, I-56127, Pisa, Italy 3 Frascati National Laboratories, INFN, Via E. Fermi 40, I-00044 Frascati, Italy 4 University of Bologna and Sezione INFN, 40126 Bologna, Italy 5 E. Fermi" Physics Department, University of Pisa, Largo Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy Present address: NEST, SNS, Pisa, Italy; also at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Roma, Italy & Fyzikální ú stav AV Č R v.v.i., Praha, Czech Republic
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Received: 22 April 2013 / Revised: 23 May 2013 / Accepted: 14 June 2013 / Published: 5 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ultraintense Ultrashort Pulse Lasers)
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We report on the development of radiation and electron sources based on laser-plasma acceleration for biomedical and nuclear applications, using both the table top TW laser at ILIL and the 220 TW FLAME laser system at LNF. We use the ILIL laser to produce wakefield electrons in a self-focusing dominated regime in a mm scale gas-jet to generate large, uniform beams of MeV electrons for electron radiography and radiobiology applications. This acceleration regime is described in detail and key parameters are given to establish reproducible and reliable operation of this source. We use the FLAME laser to drive laser-plasma acceleration in a cm-scale gas target to obtain stable production of >100 MeV range electrons to drive a Thomson scattering ɣ-ray source for nuclear applications.
Keywords: ultraintense lasers; laser-plasma acceleration; radiation sources ultraintense lasers; laser-plasma acceleration; radiation sources
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Gizzi, L.A.; Benedetti, C.; Cecchetti, C.A.; Di Pirro, G.; Gamucci, A.; Gatti, G.; Giulietti, A.; Giulietti, D.; Koester, P.; Labate, L.; Levatoy, T.; Pathak, N.; Piastra, F. Laser-Plasma Acceleration with FLAME and ILIL Ultraintense Lasers. Appl. Sci. 2013, 3, 559-580.

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