Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

June 2002


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 245003 (2002). Copyright © 2002 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


Ultraintense laser interactions with highly charged ions are investigated using three-dimensional Monte Carlo simulations. Results show that ultraenergetic GeV electrons may be produced for highly charged ions chosen so that their electrons remain bound during the rise time of the laser pulse, and so that the electrons are ionized when the laser is near its maximum amplitude, which satisfies the best injection condition for subsequent laser acceleration.

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