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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 3, 062 (2008)

Rapid Communications

Proton Acceleration in the Interaction of an Intense Laser Light with a Cone Plasma Target and Coated Proton Layer
Weimin ZHOU, Hongbo CAI, Hideo NAGATOMO, Tomoyuki JOHZARKI, Atsushi SUNAHAHA and Kunioki MIMA
Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
(Received 10 October 2008 / Accepted 4 November 2008 / Published 26 December 2008)


To increase the acceleration rate for producing highly energetic protons, a scheme using a cone-shaped target with a coated proton layer is proposed and demonstrated by 2D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. The simulation results show that because the laser light and electrons are guided along the cone wall, the energy and density of hot electrons are enhanced in the cone target. Thus, the amplitude of the sheath field on the target's rear surface is enhanced, since it is proportional to the hot electrons' temperature and the logarithm of their density. Therefore, protons are accelerated strongly by this sheath field.


intense laser light, monoenergetic proton, acceleration, cone target, proton layer

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.3.062


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Weimin ZHOU, Hongbo CAI, Hideo NAGATOMO, Tomoyuki JOHZARKI, Atsushi SUNAHAHA and Kunioki MIMA, Plasma Fusion Res. 3, 062 (2008).