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Chin. Phys. B, 2017, Vol. 26(6): 065203    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/26/6/065203

Generation of high quality ion beams through the stable radiation pressure acceleration of the near critical density target

Xue-Ren Hong(洪学仁)1, Wei-Jun Zhou(周伟军)1, Bai-Song Xie(谢柏松)2, Yang Yang(杨阳)1, Li Wang(王莉)1, Jian-Min Tian(田建民)1, Rong-An Tang(唐荣安)1, Wen-Shan Duan(段文山)1
1 Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China;
2 College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Abstract  In order to generate high quality ion beams through the stable radiation pressure acceleration (RPA) of the near critical density (NCD) target, we propose a new type of target where an ultra-thin high density (HD) layer is attached to the front surface of an NCD target, which has a preferable self-supporting property in the RPA experiments than the ultra-thin foil target. It is found that in one-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation, by the block of the HD layer in the new target, there emerges the hole-boring process rather than propagation in the NCD layer when the intense laser pulse impinges on this target. As a result, a typical RPA structure that the compressed electron layer overlaps the ion layer as a whole is formed and a high quality ion beam is obtained, e.g., a circularly polarized laser pulse with normalized amplitude a0=120 impinges on this new target and a 1.2 GeV monoenergetic ion beam is generated through the RPA of the NCD layer. Similar results are also found in the two-dimensional PIC simulation.
Keywords:  laser plasma interaction      radiation pressure acceleration      near critical density target  
Received:  07 January 2017      Revised:  09 March 2017      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  52.38.Kd (Laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions)  
  52.65.Rr (Particle-in-cell method)  
  41.75.Jv (Laser-driven acceleration?)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11365020, 11475026, 11565022, and 11547304), the Science and Technology Program of Gansu Province of China (Grant No. 1606RJZA090), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Higher Education Institutions of Gansu Province of China (2012), the Foundation of Northwest Normal University (Grant Nos. NWNU-LKQN-14-9 and NWNU-LKQN-16-3), and partially supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China.
Corresponding Authors:  Wei-Jun Zhou     E-mail:

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Xue-Ren Hong(洪学仁), Wei-Jun Zhou(周伟军), Bai-Song Xie(谢柏松), Yang Yang(杨阳), Li Wang(王莉), Jian-Min Tian(田建民), Rong-An Tang(唐荣安), Wen-Shan Duan(段文山) Generation of high quality ion beams through the stable radiation pressure acceleration of the near critical density target 2017 Chin. Phys. B 26 065203

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