Focus on Laser- and Beam-Driven Plasma Accelerators

@article{Joshi2010FocusOL,
  title={Focus on Laser- and Beam-Driven Plasma Accelerators},
  author={Chan Joshi and Victor Malka},
  journal={New Journal of Physics},
  year={2010},
  volume={12},
  pages={045003}
}
The ability of short but intense laser pulses to generate high-energy electrons and ions from gaseous and solid targets has been well known since the early days of the laser fusion program. However, during the past decade there has been an explosion of experimental and theoretical activity in this area of laser–matter interaction, driven by the prospect of realizing table-top plasma accelerators for research, medical and industrial uses, and also relatively small and inexpensive plasma… 
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