Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments.

  title={Influence of the laser prepulse on proton acceleration in thin-foil experiments.},
  author={M. Clara De Paolis Kaluza and Jens Schreiber and Melissa K. Santala and George D. Tsakiris and K. Eidmann and J. Meyer-ter-Vehn and K. J. Witte},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={93 4},
We investigate the influence of the laser prepulse due to amplified spontaneous emission on the acceleration of protons in thin-foil experiments. We show that changing the prepulse duration has a profound effect on the maximum proton energy. We find an optimal value for the target thickness, which strongly depends on the prepulse duration. At this optimal thickness, the rear side acceleration process leads to the highest proton energies, while this mechanism is rendered ineffective for thinner… CONTINUE READING
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