The Time-of-Flight (TOF) technique coupled with semiconductorlike detectors, as silicon carbide and diamond, is one of the most promising diagnostic methods for high-energy, high repetition rate, laser-accelerated ions allowing a full on-line beam spectral characterization. A new analysis method for reconstructing the energy spectrum of high-energy laser-driven ion beams from TOF signals is hereby presented and discussed. The proposed method takes into account the detector’s working principle, through the accurate calculation of the energy loss in the detector active layer, using Monte Carlo simulations. The analysis method was validated against well-established diagnostics, such as the Thomson parabola spectrometer, during an experimental campaign carried out at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) with the high-energy laser-driven protons accelerated by the VULCAN Petawatt laser.
A new energy spectrum reconstruction method for time-of-flight diagnostics of high-energy laser-driven protons
G. Milluzzo, V. Scuderi, A. Alejo, A. G. Amico, N. Booth, M. Borghesi, G. A. P. Cirrone, G. Cuttone, D. Doria, J. Green, S. Kar, G. Korn, G. Larosa, R. Leanza, D. Margarone, P. Martin, P. McKenna, G. Petringa, J. Pipek, L. Romagnani, F. Romano, A. Russo, F. Schillaci; A new energy spectrum reconstruction method for time-of-flight diagnostics of high-energy laser-driven protons. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 August 2019; 90 (8): 083303. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5082746
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