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          Institute: MPI für Quantenoptik     Collection: Laser Plasma Physics     Display Documents



ID: 18920.0, MPI für Quantenoptik / Laser Plasma Physics
Generation of MeV electrons and positrons with femtosecond pulses from a table-top laser system
Authors:Gahn, C.; Tsakiris, G. D.; Pretzler, G.; Witte, K. J.; Thirolf, P.; Habs, D.; Delfin, C.; Wahlstrom, C. G.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-03
Title of Journal:Physics of Plasmas
Journal Abbrev.:Phys. Plasmas
Volume:9
Issue / Number:3
Start Page:987
End Page:999
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:In experiments, the feasibility was demonstrated of generating multi-MeV electrons in a form of a collimated beam utilizing a table-top laser system delivering 200 fs pulses with PL=1.2 TW and 10 Hz capability. The method uses the process of relativistic self-channeling in a high-density gas jet producing electron densities in the range of 3x1019-6x1020 cm-3. In a thorough investigation, angularly resolved and absolutely calibrated electron spectra were measured and their dependence on the plasma density, laser intensity, and gas medium was studied. For the optimum electron density of ne=2x1020cm-3 the effective temperature of the electron energy distribution and the channel length exhibit a maximum of 5 MeV and 400 μm respectively. The laser-energy to-MeV- electron efficiency is estimated to be 5%. In a second step, utilizing the multi-MeV electron beam anti-particles, namely positrons, were successfully generated in a 2 mm Pb converter. The average intensity of this new source of positrons is estimated to be equivalent to a radioactivity of 2x108 Bq and it exhibits a very favorable scaling for higher laser intensities. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Klaus Witte
Affiliations:MPI für Quantenoptik/Laser Plasma
External Affiliations:LMU Munchen, Sekt Phys, D-85748 Garching, Germany; Lund Inst Technol, Dept Phys, S-22100 Lund, Sweden
Identifiers:ISI:000174010800033
ISSN:1070-664X
URL:http://ojps.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?p...
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