Dense high-energy γ-rays emission by ultra-intense laser interacting with a concave target

Yuan Zhao, Jianxun Liu, Guoxing Xia, Alexandre Bonatto

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Abstract

We propose to use a 10 petawatt (PW) laser irradiating onto a target with a concave surface, which can focus the laser beam and attain a more intense laser field, so as to increase both the yield and mean energy of emitted γ-rays. 2D particle-in-cell simulation results show that the peak electric field after the reflection of the laser from the target in this new scheme can reach ∼1.8 times as high as that in the plane target case. Such an enhanced laser field enables an increase in the number of hot electrons in front of the incident plane and raises the probability rate of generating high-energy γ-rays significantly by non-linear Compton scattering. As a result, 1.5×1013 γ photons with a mean energy of 9.2 MeV are obtained. These photons mainly point toward two directions and distribute in pulses with the duration of each pulse of ∼400 as. A brightness as high as 3.6×1025 photons/(mm2mrad2s0.1%BW) is obtained in one pulse. Compared to no positron observed for a plane target, a positron yield of 3.0×108 can be achieved in this new scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)073106
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume27
Issue number7
Early online date23 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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