Laser-driven source for space applications at the Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (CLPU)

Radiation sources based on laser–target interactions for space radiation studies.

Talk summary: The advent of the chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) technique has revolutionized the physics of particle accelerations. Compared to conventional accelerator, lasers can produce ultra short particle beams with high brilliance and broad energy spectrum.

Moreover Laser technology is in a continuous progress, which provides a constant beam quality improvement. The Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (CLPU) is a scientific and technological infrastructure dedicated to ultra-intense laser research and development.

Its main equipment is the Petawatt laser system called VEGA. Since VEGA will be the first ultrahigh intensity laser to become operative in Spain, it is expected to open new research lines in the country and bring new experimental opportunities to a community that had no previous access to this kind of science.

One of these lines of research is laser-driven source for space applications. A laser-driven source may reproduce different aspects of a space environment, tailored to the specific characteristics of a space mission, due to the inherent ability of these sources to produce particle beams with exponential energy distribution that depends on the laser-target parameters.

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Laser-driven source for space applications at the Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre (CLPU)

Spanish Pulsed Lasers Centre


José-Manuel Alvarez received his Bachelor Degree in Physics from the University of Salamanca
and his PhD in applied physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. At the Institute
of Space Sciences (CSIC) his research and development activities have been in the field of
semiconductor detectors for imaging and spectrometry in high-energy astrophysics. He has
contributed to several proposals submitted to the ESA (LOFT, DUAL and GRI). Currently, he is
responsible of the Unit of Radiation Protection at the CLPU.