Sep 18 – 24, 2022
Hotel Hermitage, La Biodola Bay, Isola d'Elba, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Acceleration of spin-polarized proton beams from a dual-laser pulse scheme

Sep 19, 2022, 7:15 PM
Sala Elena - Hotel Hermitage

Sala Elena - Hotel Hermitage

Poster (student) Poster Session


Mr Lars Reichwein (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)


Particle beams of high energy and spin-polarization are necessary for various experiments, i.a. in order to test the Standard Model of particle physics. Over the last few years, several setups for spin-polarized electron and proton beams from laser-plasma interaction have been proposed. We present a mechanism based on magnetic vortex acceleration, where the interaction of a single laser pulse with a plasma delivers high spin-polarization of the final beam. In our new scheme, we consider two laser pulses propagating in parallel with a carrier envelope phase difference of $\pi$, forming two separate plasma channels. Besides the proton filaments created in each channel, a third in the space between the pulses is formed. Our particle-in-cell simulations show that for a normalized laser vector potential of $a_0$ = 100 proton energies > 100 MeV can be obtained. Compared to single-pulse MVA, our scheme exhibits better spin polarization (∼80%) of the final proton beam since the third filament is better shielded from the prevalent electromagnetic fields.

Primary authors

Mr Lars Reichwein (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) Prof. Markus Büscher (Forschungszentrum Jülich / PGI-6) Prof. Alexander Pukhov (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)

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