Sep 24 – 30, 2017
La Biodola, Isola d'Elba
Europe/Rome timezone

Kinetic and finite ion mass effects on the transition to relativistic self-induced transparency in laser-driven ion acceleration

Sep 27, 2017, 6:20 PM
SE, Sala Elena, HH

SE, Sala Elena, HH

talk WG2 - Ion Beams from Plasmas WG2_Parallel


Dr Evangelos Siminos (Chalmers University of Technology)


We study kinetic effects responsible for the transition to relativistic self-induced transparency in the interaction of a circularly-polarized laser-pulse with an overdense plasma and their relation to hole-boring and ion acceleration. It is demonstrated using particle-in-cell simulations and an analysis of separatrices in single-electron phase-space, that ion motion can suppress fast electron escape to the vacuum, which would otherwise lead to transition to the relativistic transparency regime. A simple analytical estimate shows that for large laser pulse amplitude the time scale over which ion motion becomes important is much shorter than usually anticipated. As a result, the threshold density above which hole-boring occurs decreases with the charge-to-mass ratio. Moreover, the transition threshold is seen to depend on the laser temporal profile, due to the effect that the latter has on electron heating. Finally, we report a new regime in which a transition from relativistic transparency to hole-boring occurs dynamically during the course of the interaction. It is shown that, for a fixed laser intensity, this dynamic transition regime allows optimal ion acceleration in terms of both energy and energy spread.

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Dr Evangelos Siminos (Chalmers University of Technology)


Mr Benjamin Svedung Wettervik (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) Dr Mickael Grech (LULI, CNRS, UPMC, Ecole Polytechnique, CEA,France) Prof. Tünde Füllöp (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

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