- Conference date: 13-15 March 2002
- Location: Shonan Village, Hayama (Japan)
The interaction of ultra‐intense focused laser beams with solid targets is a new field of research resulting in the production of exotic plasma conditions similar to the conditions which exist in the interior of some stellar objects. The lasers generate very high energy electrons and ions which can subsequently produce γ‐rays, positrons, neutrons and pions. The paper will show that results obtained from these studies have major implications to fundamental plasma physics and high energy accelerator physics as well as important technological potential for the production of compact sources of protons, neutrons, positrons and isotopes. One of the applications considered at some length will be the production of protons and the possibility of designing a table top laser to produce radioactive sources for positron emission tomography (PET) as well as proton oncology. The exciting new physics which can be carried out at laser intensities of 1022–23Wcm−2 will also be briefly discussed.
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