Optimization of positrons generation based on laser wakefield electron acceleration

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© 2016, American Physical Society. All rights reserved. Laser based positron represents a new particle source with short pulse duration and high charge density. Positron production based on laser wakefield electron acceleration (LWFA) has been investigated theoretically in this paper. Analytical expressions for positron spectra and yield have been obtained through a combination of LWFA and cascade shower theories. The maximum positron yield and corresponding converter thickness have been optimized as a function of driven laser power. Under the optimal condition, high energy ( > 100 MeV) positron yield up to 5 × 10 11 can be produced by high power femtosecond lasers at ELI-NP. The percentage of positrons shows that a quasineutral electron-positron jet can be generated by setting the converter thickness greater than 5 radiation lengths.




Wu, Y., Han, D., Zhang, T., Dong, K., Zhu, B., Yan, Y., & Gu, Y. (2016). Optimization of positrons generation based on laser wakefield electron acceleration. Physical Review Accelerators and Beams, 19(8). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.19.081303

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