Exploring the Self-modulated Regime of Laser Wakefield Acceleration on the Titan Laser

Benjamin Galloway, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) describes the process in which an intense laser pulse interacts with a gas, creating a plasma and accelerating electrons that travel in the wake of the pulse. These electrons also can wiggle during the process, producing betatron X-rays. Most experimental LWFA investigations are performed with ultrashort laser pulses (less than 100 fs), but the self-modulated regime (about 1 ps) remains relatively unexplored. An experiment on the Titan laser was performed to characterize the self-modulated regime using interferometry and electron, X-ray and Raman spectroscopies. Observed electrons had significant angular deflections and energies up to 170 MeV.

Abstract Author(s): B.R. Galloway, B.B. Pollock, F. Albert, A. Pak, N. Lemos, J. Shaw, W. Schumaker, J.J. Ruby, M. Klem, K. Marsh, C. Joshi, S. Glenzer