The acceleration of MeV-protons and heavier ions by the interaction of an intense laser pulse with a foil target is a well-known phenomenon that has been extensively studied in the last decade. The interaction of a high-energy, highintensity (I> 10 18 W/cm 2) laser pulse with a solid target leads to the acceleration of an ion beam in a very robust and reproducible way with up to 10 13 protons in total. The conversion efficiency of laser energy to proton energy can reach up to 10%, which makes these beams very attractive for applications, e.g. an injection into a synchrotron, which is an experimental scheme of great interest for GSI. However, the beam has a 100 % energy spread, is very short on the order of ps, has a divergence up to 40 o half angle and is neutralized by co-moving electrons. All these issues have to be overcome for a real application as an accelerator
To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.