- Conference date: 19-24 September 2005
- Location: Varenna (Italy)
We have studied the ion emission from a thin‐foil target irradiated by p, s and circularly polarized laser pulses in order to clarify the mechanism of ion acceleration using a Titanium Sapphire laser with a peak irradiance of 3 × 1018 W/cm2. A tape target driver provided a fresh surface of a tantalum foil with the thickness of 3 micro‐meters during the measurements. The laser polarization was changed from p to s‐ and to circular polarization by using the 1/2 and 1/4 wave plates made of mica. To obtain the ion energy spectra and to resolve the ion species, a Thomson parabola ion analyzer was placed behind the target along the target normal direction. The energy spectra close to 1MeV were obtained. Possible explanation of the experimental result is described. Finally, we describe the phase rotation technique to obtain a monochromatic proton beam.
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