In this work, we describe the results of experiments performed at the femtosecond ECLIPSE laser facility at CELIA in Bordeaux. We irradiated targets constituted by aluminum foils of various thicknesses and characterized the accelerated protons with energies in the range of interest for p+11B nuclear fusion. Time-of-flight measurements were performed by using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) monocrystalline diamond detectors, which are specifically designed to operate in harsh environments where large ElectroMagnetic Pulses (EMPs) are generated during laser-target interaction. The 1 Hz high repetition rate used for the ECLIPSE laser allowed the collection of a large number of similar shots, giving therefore a large statistics to accurately characterize the energy spectrum of the laser-plasma accelerated protons. The laser repetitivity at a relatively small intensity permits to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the detection of the products of low cross-section reactions, such as the p+11B one, by their collection over a large number of similar shots.

Spectral characterization by CVD diamond detectors of energetic protons from high-repetition rate laser for aneutronic nuclear fusion experiments

Cipriani M.;Consoli F.;Andreoli P. L.;Cristofari G.;
2019

Abstract

In this work, we describe the results of experiments performed at the femtosecond ECLIPSE laser facility at CELIA in Bordeaux. We irradiated targets constituted by aluminum foils of various thicknesses and characterized the accelerated protons with energies in the range of interest for p+11B nuclear fusion. Time-of-flight measurements were performed by using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) monocrystalline diamond detectors, which are specifically designed to operate in harsh environments where large ElectroMagnetic Pulses (EMPs) are generated during laser-target interaction. The 1 Hz high repetition rate used for the ECLIPSE laser allowed the collection of a large number of similar shots, giving therefore a large statistics to accurately characterize the energy spectrum of the laser-plasma accelerated protons. The laser repetitivity at a relatively small intensity permits to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the detection of the products of low cross-section reactions, such as the p+11B one, by their collection over a large number of similar shots.
Diamond Detectors; Plasma diagnostics - charged-particle spectroscopy
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