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Self-guided wakefield experiments driven by petawatt-class ultrashort laser pulses

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number4
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)1715-1721
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We investigate the extension of self-injecting laser wakefield experiments to the regime that will be accessible with the next generation of petawatt-class ultrashort pulse laser systems. Using nonlinear scalings, current experimental trends, and numerical simulations, we determine the optimal laser and target parameters, i.e., focusing geometry, plasma density, and target length, that are required to increase the electron beam energy (to > 1 GeV) without the use of external guiding structures.