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Dr Remi Capdessus

Research Associate



Near-100 MeV protons via a laser-driven transparency-enhanced hybrid acceleration scheme
Higginson A., Gray R. J., King M., Dance R. J., Williamson S. D. R., Butler N. M. H., Wilson R., Capdessus R., Armstrong C., Green J. S., Hawkes S. J., Martin P., Wei W. Q., Mirfayzi S. R., Yuan X. H., Kar S., Borghesi M., Clarke R. J., Neely D., McKenna P.
Nature Communications Vol 9, (2018)
Radiation pressure-driven plasma surface dynamics in ultra-intense laser pulse interactions with ultra-thin foils
Gonzalez-Izquierdo Bruno, Capdessus Remi, King Martin, Gray Ross J., Wilson Robbie, Dance Rachel J., McCreadie John, Butler Nicholas M. H., Hawkes Steve J., Green James, Booth Nicola, Borghesi Marco, Neely David, McKenna Paul
Applied Sciences, pp. 1-18, (2018)
Efficient ion acceleration and dense electron-positron plasma creation in ultra-high intensity laser-solid interactions
Del Sorbo D., Blackman D. R., Capdessus R., Small K., Slade-Lowther C., Lou W., Duff M. J., Robinson A. P. L., McKenna P., Sheng Z.-M., Pasley J., Ridgers C. P.
New Journal of Physics, pp. 1-19, (2018)
Ultra-bright gamma-ray emission and dense positron production from two laser-driven colliding foils
Li Han-Zhen, Yu Tong-Pu, Liu Jin-Jin, Yin Yan, Zhu Xing-Long, Capdessus Remi, Pegoraro Francesco, Sheng Zheng-Ming, McKenna Paul, Shao Fu-Qiu
Scientific Reports, (2017)
Modelling the effect of the radiation reaction force on the acceleration of ultra-thin foils
Duff M. J., Capdessus R., King M., Del Sorbo D., Ridgers C. P., McKenna P.
Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme LightProceedings of SPIE Vol 10241, (2017)
Ion acceleration with radiation pressure in quantum electrodynamic regimes
Del Sorbo Dario, Blackman David R., Capdessus Remi, Small Kristina, Slade-Lowther Cody, Luo Wen, Duff Matthew J., Robinson Alexander P. L., McKenna Paul, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Pasley John, Ridgers Christopher
Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, (2017)

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Annalen der Physik (Journal)
Peer reviewer
25th annual International Laser Physics Workshop
Workshop on the SAC Apollon
Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics conference
Physics Letters A (Journal)
Peer reviewer
New Journal of Physics (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Theoretical and numerical investigations of collective effects in extreme laser-plasma interactions
Capdessus, Remi (Fellow)
"The proposed research project focuses on theoretical and numerical investigations of the physics of laser-matter interaction at ultra-high laser intensities, in the range 10^22-10^24 W/cm^2. These intensities will soon be achievable at multi-petawatt laser facilities, such as the 800MEuro extreme light infrastructure (ELI) and APOLLON-10P. These facilities will enable the exploration of new fundamental physical processes such as radiation reaction, relativistic electron dynamics, electron-positron pair production and the generation of relativistic ions. Electrons produce significant synchrotron radiation at laser intensities above 10^22 W/cm^2 giving rise to the radiation reaction force that strongly affects the photon emission spectrum and the overall plasma dynamics. Due to the intense electromagnetic fields involved, quantum effects will become important for laser intensities above 10^23W/cm^2, resulting in the production of copious amounts of electron-positron pairs. My proposal aims to explore the underpinning physics of these proposes theoretically and numerically. The results will be used to guide the design and interpretation of related experiments using these new ultraintense laser systems.

The proposed research project opens up new directions in ultra-relativistic plasmas that are subject to quantum electrodynamics (QED) processes. For example, to date, the role of the plasma ions on the high energy synchrotron radiation and electron-positron pair production, is poorly understood and has never been explored experimentally. It is often suggested that the interaction of a short laser pulse with plasmas is dominated by the electron dynamics and that the ions play a secondary role due to the longer timescales over which they react. Although this may be true for lower laser intensities, the situation becomes more complicated in the case of ultra-relativistic laser pulses for which the quiver electron energy could be comparable with the ion rest mass. The collective effects driven by the ion response will be investigated in both semi-classical plasmas and quantum plasmas. A kinetic theory of laser energy absorption accounting for ion response will be developed over this proposed research project. Future experiments, which will test the predictions of the theory and simulations, will also be designed.

The project involves collaboration with a number of leading researchers in high field laser-plasma interaction physics, both in the UK and in Europe. It also involves a close collaboration with an experimental team at the University of Strathclyde and with the ELI-NP high field science working group."
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Dec-2019

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