News Archive: 2017 February
New experiments on the Draco laser (Germany) and the Texas Petawatt have successfully completed indicating high-energy laser produced protons. These experiments are motivated by large-scale 3D particle in cell simulations. The simulations indicate that the interaction of an intense short-pulse laser beam with a cryogenic hydrogen target is capable of producing a proton beam with energies up to 60 MeV.
The NIF user office announced 10 new discovery science awards for NIF shot time beginning in the spring of 2018. Two of these experiments, selected from among 26 proposals submitted last summer, are led or co-led by SLAC scientists investigating cosmic ray acceleration and brown dwarfs physics.