S. Agosteo, M.P. Anania, M. Caresana, G.A.P. Cirrone, C. De Martinis, D. Delle Side, A. Fazzi, G. Gatti, D. Giove, D. Giulietti, L.A. Gizzi, L. Labate, P. Londrillo, M. Maggiore, V. Nassisi, S. Sinigardi, A. Tramontana, F. Schillaci, V. Scuderi, G. Turchetti, V. Varoli, L. Velardi
Laser-matter interaction at relativistic intensities opens up new research fields in the particle acceleration and related secondary sources, with immediate applications in medical diagnostics, biophysics, material science, inertial confinement fusion, up to laboratory astrophysics. In particular laser-driven ion acceleration is very promising for hadron therapy once the ion energy will attain a few hundred MeV. The limited value of the energy up to now obtained for the accelerated ions is the drawback of such innovative technique to the real applications. LILIA (laser induced light ions acceleration) is an experiment now running at LNF (Frascati) with the goal of producing a real proton beam able to be driven for significant distances (50–75 cm) away from the interaction point and which will act as a source for further accelerating structure. In this paper the description of the experimental setup, the preliminary results of solid target irradiation and start to end simulation for a post-accelerated beam up to 60 MeV are given.
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