Extensive study of electron acceleration by relativistic surface plasmons

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The excitation of surface plasmons with ultra-intense (I ∼ 5 × 1019 W/cm2), high contrast (∼1012) laser pulses on periodically modulated solid targets has been recently demonstrated to produce collimated bunches of energetic electrons along the target surface [Fedeli et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 015001 (2016)]. Here, we report an extensive experimental and numerical study aimed to a complete characterization of the acceleration mechanism, demonstrating its robustness and promising characteristics for an electron source. By comparing different grating structures, we identify the relevant parameters to optimize the acceleration and obtain bunches of ∼650 pC of charge at several MeV of energy with blazed gratings.


  • G. Cantono
  • A. Sgattoni
  • L. Fedeli
  • D. Garzella
  • F. Réau
  • C. Riconda
  • A. Macchi
  • T. Ceccotti
External organisations
  • University of Paris-Saclay
  • University of Paris-Sud
  • CNR National Institute of Optics (INO)
  • University of Pisa
  • Pierre and Marie Curie University
  • Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
  • Polytechnic University of Milan
Original languageEnglish
Article number031907
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes