Complete characterization of laser wakefield acceleration

Laszlo Veisz, Alexander Buck, Maria Nicolai, Karl Schmid, Chris M.S. Sears, Alexander Sävert, Julia M. Mikhailova, Ferenc Krausz, Malte C. Kaluza

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Abstract

We report on measurement techniques of the charge, spectrum, divergence, transverse emittance and the first real-time observation of the accelerated electron pulse and the accelerating plasma wave. Our time-resolved study allows a single-shot measurement of the electron bunch duration providing a value of 5.8 +1.9 -2.1 fs full-width at half maximum (2.5+0.8 -0.9 fs root mean square) as well as the plasma wave with a density-dependent period of 12-22 fs. It reveals the evolution of the bunch, its position in the surrounding plasma wave and the wake dynamics. The results afford promise for brilliant, sub-angstrom-wavelength ultrafast electron and photon sources for diffraction imaging with atomic resolution in space and time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 13 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Apr 18 2011Apr 20 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8079
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherLaser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/18/114/20/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Electron acceleration
  • Electron bunch duration
  • Emittance
  • Few-cycle laser system
  • Laser wakefield acceleration
  • Laser-plasma interaction
  • Plasmas
  • Ultrahigh-intensity laser

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    Veisz, L., Buck, A., Nicolai, M., Schmid, K., Sears, C. M. S., Sävert, A., Mikhailova, J. M., Krausz, F., & Kaluza, M. C. (2011). Complete characterization of laser wakefield acceleration. In Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles [807906] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8079). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.890952