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Physics of fully-loaded laser-plasma accelerators

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While large efforts have been devoted to improving the quality of electron beams from laser plasma accelerators, often to the detriment of the charge, many applications do not require very high quality but high-charge beams. Despite this need, the acceleration of largely charged beams has been barely studied. Here we explore both experimentally and numerically the physics of highly loaded wakefield acceleration. We find that the shape of the electron spectra is strikingly independent of the laser energy, due to the emergence of a saturation effect induced by beamloading. A transition from quasi-Maxwellian spectra at high plasma densities to flatter spectra at lower densities is also found, which is shown to be produced by the wakefield driven by the electron bunch itself after the laser depletion.
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hal-01175752 , version 1 (12-07-2015)

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Emilien Guillaume, Andreas Döpp, Cédric Thaury, Agustin Lifschitz, Jean-Philippe Goddet, et al.. Physics of fully-loaded laser-plasma accelerators. Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, 2015, 18, pp.061301. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevSTAB.18.061301⟩. ⟨hal-01175752⟩
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