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Quantum Beam Sci. 2018, 2(2), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/qubs2020008

ELIMAIA: A Laser-Driven Ion Accelerator for Multidisciplinary Applications

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Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i. (FZU), ELI-Beamlines Project, 18221 Prague, Czech Republic
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National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Centre for Plasma Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley 94720, CA, USA
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CEA INAC-SBT, 38054 Grenoble, France
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National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
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Physics Department, University of Naples Federico II, 80126 Naples, Italy
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National Physical Laboratory, CMES-Medical Radiation Science, Teddington TW11 0LW, Middlesex, UK
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Received: 4 March 2018 / Revised: 22 March 2018 / Accepted: 23 March 2018 / Published: 2 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser-driven Quantum Beams)
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The main direction proposed by the community of experts in the field of laser-driven ion acceleration is to improve particle beam features (maximum energy, charge, emittance, divergence, monochromaticity, shot-to-shot stability) in order to demonstrate reliable and compact approaches to be used for multidisciplinary applications, thus, in principle, reducing the overall cost of a laser-based facility compared to a conventional accelerator one and, at the same time, demonstrating innovative and more effective sample irradiation geometries. The mission of the laser-driven ion target area at ELI-Beamlines (Extreme Light Infrastructure) in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic, called ELI Multidisciplinary Applications of laser-Ion Acceleration (ELIMAIA) , is to provide stable, fully characterized and tuneable beams of particles accelerated by Petawatt-class lasers and to offer them to the user community for multidisciplinary applications. The ELIMAIA beamline has been designed and developed at the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic (IoP-ASCR) in Prague and at the National Laboratories of Southern Italy of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (LNS-INFN) in Catania (Italy). An international scientific network particularly interested in future applications of laser driven ions for hadrontherapy, ELI MEDical applications (ELIMED), has been established around the implementation of the ELIMAIA experimental system. The basic technology used for ELIMAIA research and development, along with envisioned parameters of such user beamline will be described and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: laser-plasma acceleration; laser-ion beamline; compact accelerator; pulsed ion beams; multidisciplinary applications of ions; ultrahigh intensity laser-matter interaction; ion beam transport; dosimetry of laser-driven ions laser-plasma acceleration; laser-ion beamline; compact accelerator; pulsed ion beams; multidisciplinary applications of ions; ultrahigh intensity laser-matter interaction; ion beam transport; dosimetry of laser-driven ions
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Margarone, D.; Cirrone, G.A.P.; Cuttone, G.; Amico, A.; Andò, L.; Borghesi, M.; Bulanov, S.S.; Bulanov, S.V.; Chatain, D.; Fajstavr, A.; Giuffrida, L.; Grepl, F.; Kar, S.; Krasa, J.; Kramer, D.; Larosa, G.; Leanza, R.; Levato, T.; Maggiore, M.; Manti, L.; Milluzzo, G.; Odlozilik, B.; Olsovcova, V.; Perin, J.-P.; Pipek, J.; Psikal, J.; Petringa, G.; Ridky, J.; Romano, F.; Rus, B.; Russo, A.; Schillaci, F.; Scuderi, V.; Velyhan, A.; Versaci, R.; Wiste, T.; Zakova, M.; Korn, G. ELIMAIA: A Laser-Driven Ion Accelerator for Multidisciplinary Applications. Quantum Beam Sci. 2018, 2, 8.

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