Dr Paul McKenna (University of Strathclyde)
Significant progress in understanding the dynamics of ultrathin foils during the process of ion acceleration has been achieved over the past few years.The acceleration process. Experiments and related numerical modelling to understand and optimise the acceleration mechanism under different radiation pressure regimes will be reviewed.
Dr Alessandro Flacco (LOA/ENSTA)
Operation at near critical plasma density can provide efficient ion acceleration with narrow energy spread. The presentation will describe the mechanisms involved in this acceleration process and review the experiments operating so far in this regime. Perspective of near-critical regime will be also given.
Vincent BAGNOUD (GSI)
The LIGHT project aims to accelerate ion beams with laser pulse focused on a solid target and to inject them into conventional focusing and accelerating structures.The presentation will describe the overall experiment and the current status of the project at GSI.