L3IA: A novel laser plasma ion source in Italy.

Giove D., Gizzi L. per la Collaborazione L3IA
  Venerdì 15/09   09:00 - 12:00   Aula A222   VI - Fisica applicata, acceleratori e beni culturali
A laser-plasma ion source can be set up by exploiting the strong sheath field generated when a thin foil target is irradiated with an ultra-intense and ultra-short laser pulses. In the process, known as Target Normal Sheath Acceleration, large currents of energetic electrons are excited and escape from the target, setting up the electric field that accelerates light ions to MeV energies in micrometer-scale distances. A new experiment named L3IA funded by INFN and established at CNR-ILIL laboratory in Pisa is currently in preparation and is expected to provide the first TNSA proton beam operation in Italy. In the paper we will describe the layout of the ion source, the suite of dedicated ion beam diagnostics and future applications. A brief overview of the ILIL laser facility will also be given, including the recent major upgrade of the ILIL laser system and the newly established ILIL-PW interaction area.