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

Stress testing of materials using Laser-accelerated protons

Sep 28, 2017, 5:15 PM
SB1, Sala Bonaparte 1, HH

SB1, Sala Bonaparte 1, HH

talk WG4 - Applications of Compact and High-Gradient Accelerators WG4_Parallel


Patrizio Antici (INRS)


Laser-driven proton acceleration, obtained by irradiation of a solid by an ultra-intense (I>10e18 W/cm2) short pulse (duration<1 ps) laser, is a growing field of interest, in particular for its manifold potential applications in different fields. In this letter, we provide first experimental evidence that laser-generated protons can be used for stress testing materials and are particularly suited for stress-testing material in harsh condition. We show that laser-generated protons can produce, in a few single ns shots, a similar mechanical and thermal stress than what obtained during several months of full operation for typical fusion or reactor facilities. We confirm this by analyzing changes in mechanical, optical, electrical, and morphological properties of five materials of interest to be used in harsh conditions.

Primary author

Patrizio Antici (INRS)


Dr Angelo Schiavi Schiavi (SBAI Department, Sapienza University of Rome) Mrs Antonia Morabito (Uniroma1) Fang Xu (CS) Mr Guillaume Revet (LULI) Prof. Marianna Barberio (INRS) Dr Martina Senzaqua (Uniroma1) Massimiliano Sciscio' (ROMA1) Mr Simon Vallieres (INRS) Mrs Simona Veltri (INRS) Dr Sophia Chen (CNRS/LULI) Mr Thomas Gangolf (LULI)

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