Journal Article Ion pinhole imaging diagnostics on fast ion source in femtosecond laser plasma of cluster targets

MAKAROV, S.  ,  PIKUZ, S.  ,  FAENOV, A.  ,  PIKUZ, T.  ,  福田, 祐仁  ,  SKOBELEV, I.  ,  ZHVANIYA, I.  ,  VARZAR, S.  ,  神門, 正城  ,  KODAMA, R.

25 ( 14 )  , pp.16419 - 16426 , 2017-07 , Optical Society of America
The spatial configuration of the ion source generated under femtosecond laser interaction with clusters is investigated. While intense laser pulses (36 fs, 60 mJ, intensity of 4 × 10^17 W/cm^2) propagated in CO_2 cluster (~0.22 μm in diameter) media, the shape of the obtained plasma ion source was registered for the first time by means of pinhole imaging method. The remarkable decrease in fast ion yield in the vicinity of the assumed best laser focus near the gas cluster jet axis is observed. Such observed anisotropy of the ion source is suggested to originate from the influence of the laser prepulse destroying clusters in advance to the arrival of the main pulse. The assumption is confirmed by optical shadowgraphy images of the plasma channel and is important for further development of an efficient laser-plasma- based fast ion source. Following the observed geometry of the ion source, the laser intensity limit allowing to accelerate ions to ~100 keV energy range was estimated.

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