Approaches to particle acceleration in intense laser-matter interaction
Licentiate thesis, 2018
In this thesis we consider laser-driven plasma-based particle acceleration by studying the interaction of intense laser fields with solid density targets. The basics of such interactions are described and some of the most common acceleration schemes are presented. We study the effect of adding microstructures on the illuminated side of a solid target and show how this affects the resulting distribution of hot electrons.
Furthermore, we discuss how to achieve controllable ion acceleration through displacement of electrons by standing waves. A recently proposed laser-driven ion acceleration scheme, called chirped-standing-wave acceleration, is introduced and described in detail. Finally, we analyze the robustness of this acceleration scheme under non-ideal conditions and discuss its prospects and limitations.
Chalmers, Physics, Theoretical Physics
Energy partitioning and electron momentum distributions in intense laser-solid interactions
European Physical Journal D,; Vol. 71(2017)
J. Magnusson, F. Mackenroth, M. Marklund, A. Gonoskov, Prospects for laser-driven ion acceleration through controlled displacement of electrons by standing waves, arXiv:1801.06394.
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
Chalmers University of Technology
PJ-salen, Fysikhuset, Chalmers tekniska högskola
Opponent: Prof. Göran Johansson, Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Chalmers tekniska högskola