Mass-resolved ion measurement by particle counting analysis for characterizing relativistic ion beams driven by lasers

T. Minami, A. O. Tokiyasu, H. Kohri, Y. Abe, K. Iwasaki, T. Taguchi, K. Oda, S. Suzuki, T. Asai, S. J. Tanaka, S. Isayama, M. Kanasaki, S. Kodaira, Y. Fukuda, Y. Kuramitsu

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Abstract

Particle counting analysis is a possible way to characterize GeV-scale, multi-species ions produced in laser-driven experiments. We present a multi-layered scintillation detector to differentiate multi-species ions of different masses and energies. The proposed detector concept offers potential advantages over conventional diagnostics in terms of (1) high sensitivity to GeV ions, (2) realtime analysis, and (3) the ability to differentiate ions with the same charge-to-mass ratio. A novel choice of multiple scintillators with different ion stopping powers results in a significant difference in energy deposition between the scintillators, allowing accurate particle identification in the GeV range. Here, we report a successful demonstration of particle identification for heavy ions, performed at the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba. In the experiment, the proposed detector setup showed the ability to differentiate particles with similar atomic numbers, such as C6+ and O8+ ions, and provided an excellent energy resolution of 0.41%-1.2% (including relativistic effect, 0.51% - 1.6%).

Original languageEnglish
Article number113530
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume93
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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