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Effective laser driven proton acceleration from near critical density hydrogen plasma

  • Ashutosh Sharma (a1) and Alexander Andreev (a1) (a2)
Abstract

Recent advances in the production of high repetition, high power, and short laser pulse have enabled the generation of high-energy proton beam, required for technology and other medical applications. Here we demonstrate the effective laser driven proton acceleration from near-critical density hydrogen plasma by employing the short and intense laser pulse through three-dimensional (3D) particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. The generation of strong magnetic field is demonstrated by numerical results and scaled with the plasma density and the electric field of laser. 3D PIC simulation results show the ring shaped proton density distribution where the protons are accelerated along the laser axis with fairly low divergence accompanied by off-axis beam of ring-like shape.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Ashutosh Sharma, ELI-ALPS, Szeged, Hungary. E-mail: ashutosh.sharma@eli-alps.hu
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