Efficient laser production of energetic neutral beams

Abstract : Laser-driven ion acceleration by intense, ultra-short, laser pulse has received increasing attention in recent years, and the availability of much compact and versatile ions sources motivates the study of laser-driven sources of energetic neutral atoms. We demonstrate the production of a neutral and directional beam of hydrogen and carbon atoms up to 200 keV per nucleon, with a peak flow of 2.7 x 10(13) atom s(-1). Laser accelerated ions are neutralized in a pulsed, supersonic argon jet with tunable density between 1.5 x 10(17) cm(-3) and 6 x 10(18) cm(-3). The neutralization efficiency has been measured by a time-of-flight detector for different argon densities. An optimum is found, for which complete neutralization occurs. The neutralization rate can be explained only at high areal densities (> 1 x 10(17) cm(-2)) by single electron charge transfer processes. These results suggest a new perspective for the study of neutral production by laser and open discussion of neutralization at a lower density.
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Florian Mollica, A Antonelli, Alessandro Flacco, B Braenzel, V Vauzour, et al.. Efficient laser production of energetic neutral beams. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2016, 58 (3), ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/58/3/034016⟩. ⟨hal-01394676⟩

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