Review on TNSA diagnostics and recent developments at SPARC LAB

Fabrizio Bisesto*, Mario Galletti, Maria Pia Anania, Massimo Ferrario, Riccardo Pompili, Mordechai Botton, Elad Schleifer, Arie Zigler

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Interaction between high-intensity lasers with solid targets is the key process in a wide range of novel laser-based particle accelerator schemes, as well as electromagnetic radiation sources. Common to all the processes is the generation of femtosecond pulses of relativistic electrons emitted from the targets as forerunners of the later-time principal products of the interaction scheme. In this paper, some diagnostics employed in laser–solid matter interaction experiments related to electrons, protons, ions, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) and X-rays are reviewed. Then, we present our experimental study regarding fast electrons and EMPs utilizing a femtosecond-resolution detector previously adopted only in accelerator facilities.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere56
JournalHigh Power Laser Science and Engineering
StatePublished - 2019

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  • high power laser
  • laser–plasma interaction
  • pulsed electric field diagnostic
  • ultra-short high-intensity laser pulses


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