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Efficient quasi-monoenergetic ion beams up to 18 MeV/nucleon via self-generated plasma fields in relativistic laser plasmas

  title={Efficient quasi-monoenergetic ion beams up to 18 MeV/nucleon via self-generated plasma fields in relativistic laser plasmas},
  author={Sasikumar Palaniyappan and Chengkun Huang and Donald Cort Gautier and Christopher Hamilton and Miguel A. Santiago and Christian Kreuzer and Rahul C. Shah and Juan C Fern{\'a}ndez},
  journal={arXiv: Plasma Physics},
Table-top laser-plasma ion accelerators seldom achieve narrow energy spreads, and never without serious compromises in efficiency, particle yield, etc. Using massive computer simulations, we identify a self-organizing scheme that exploits persisting self-generated plasma electric (~TV/m) and magnetic (~10${}^{4}$ Tesla) fields to reduce the ion energy spread after the laser exits the plasma - separating the ion acceleration from the energy spread reduction. Consistent with the scheme, we… 
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