An integrated approach to ultraintense laser sciences: The PLASMON-X project
Istituto Processi Chimico-Fisici (CNR), Area della Ricerca, via G. Moruzzi 1, Pisa, Italy
2 INFN Sezione di Pisa, L.go Bruno Pontecorvo 3, Pisa, Italy
3 INFN-Milano, via Celoria 16, Milano, Italy
4 INFN-LNF, via E. Fermi 40, Frascati (Roma), Italy
5 Dip. Fisica Univ. Pisa, L.go Bruno Pontecorvo 3, Pisa, Italy
In this paper we discuss recent results in the design configuration and modelling of the PLASMON-X project aimed at the development of an innovative, high-gradient acceleration with super-intense and ultra-short laser pulses, and a tuneable, hard X/γ-ray source, based upon Thomson scattering of optical photons by energetic electrons. Both experiments require very high power, ultra-short laser pulses in combination with very bright and short electron bunches generated either by conventional acceleration (LINAC) or by laser-driven, self injection acceleration in plasmas. The main issues concerning the integrated use of unique laser and linear accelerator installations, and the complementary use of all-optical configurations will be briefly examined.
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