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Laser-plasma ion acceleration

As for laser plasma electron acceleration, laser plasma ion acceleration will benefit from using a clean (high contrast, tight focus) multi-PW laser system to push forward laser-accelerated proton energies (to the GeV level), explore "exotic" acceleration mechanisms [direct acceleration of thin (sub-µm) targets by strong radiation pressure and directional Coulomb explosion of ultra-thin (nanoscale) targets] and enter new regimes where both electrons and ions are relativistic.

Such a highly reproducible and controllable proton beam of several hundreds of MeV will have numerous innovative and high-impact applications such as:

  • radiography of dense objects with ps resolution;
  • warm dense matter physics;
  • relativistic laboratory astrophysics;
  • high-energy nuclear physics (including neutron production);
  • and possibly medical applications (starting with radiolysis of water).

Members of the thematic group

  • Audebert Patrick (LULI)
  • Baldacchino Gérard (CEA/IRAMIS)
  • Batani Dimitri (CELIA)
  • Ceccotti Tiberio (LIDyL)
  • d'Humières Emmanuel (CELIA)
  • Fausurier Gérald (CEA/DIF)
  • Flacco Alessandro (LOA)
  • Fuchs Julien (LULI)
  • Gremillet Laurent (CEA/DIF)
  • Hannachi Fazia (CENBG)
  • Lefebvre Erik (CEA/DIF)
  • Malka Victor (LOA)
  • Martin Philippe (LIDyL)
  • Monot Pascal (LIDyL)
  • Mora Patrick (CPhT)
  • Mourou Gérard (IZEST)
  • Renault Jean-Philippe (CEA/IRAMIS)
  • Romagnani Lorenzo (LULI)
  • Tikhonchuk Vladimir (CELIA)