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Design considerations for the use of laser-plasma accelerators for advanced space radiation studies

  • T. KÖNIGSTEIN (a1), O. KARGER (a1), G. PRETZLER (a1), J. B. ROSENZWEIG (a2) and B. HIDDING (a1) (a2)...

We present design considerations for the use of laser-plasma accelerators for mimicking space radiation and testing space-grade electronics. This novel application takes advantage of the inherent ability of laser-plasma accelerators to produce particle beams with exponential energy distribution, which is a characteristic shared with the hazardous relativistic electron flux present in the radiation belts of planets such as Earth, Saturn and Jupiter. Fundamental issues regarding laser-plasma interaction parameters, beam propagation, flux development, and experimental setup are discussed.

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