Laser Ion-Acceleration Scaling Laws Seen in Multiparametric Particle-in-Cell Simulations

T. Esirkepov, M. Yamagiwa, T. Tajima
2006 Physical Review Letters  
The ion acceleration driven by a laser pulse at intensity I = 10^20 - 10^22 W/cm^2×(μm/λ)^2 from a double layer target is investigated with multi-parametric Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulations. For targets with a wide range of thickness l and density n_e, at given intensity the highest ion energy gain occurs at certain critical depth of the target σ = n_e l, which is proportional to the square root of intensity. In the case of thin targets and optimal laser pulse duration, the ion maximum energy
more » ... scales as the square root of the laser pulse power. When the radiation pressure of the laser field becomes dominant, the ion maximum energy becomes proportional to the laser pulse energy.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.96.105001 pmid:16605741 fatcat:qwwxzuvt4rhkrakpibylj2naam