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Paper   IPM / Particles And Accelerator / 15017
School of Particles and Accelerator
  Title:   Ponderomotive beatwave ion acceleration using twisted light
1.  Hossein Saberi
2.  Jorge Vieira
3.  Luis O Silva
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Plasmas
  No.:  103131
  Vol.:  24
  Year:  2017
  Supported by:  IPM
An all-optical mechanism of ion acceleration in vacuum with two counter-propagating plane waves has been proposed by F. Peano et al., IEEE Trans Plasma Sci. 36, 1857 (2008). A suitable frequency chirping of lasers drives a beat wave with variable phase velocity that traps particles and accelerates them longitudinally. In this paper, direct ion acceleration by two counter-propagating focused laser beams with variable frequencies is considered, and the multi-dimensional effects associated with the finite transverse dimension of lasers are investigated. It is shown that the Gaussian laser beams provide a defocusing transverse force that stops the acceleration process as ions propagate towards regions of smaller laser fields. On the other hand, the Laguerre-Gaussian laser beams with identical orbital angular momentum can confine the off-axis ions radially as they accelerate to high energies. It is shown that the orbital angular momentum of the Laguerre-Gaussian lasers can be used to control the angular momentum of the accelerated ion beam

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