Diagnostics of laser-accelerated ions

The interaction of high energy and high-power laser pulses with matter generates a broad range of particle and electromagnetic radiation [1,2]. Among them, laser-accelerated ions may represent both an important purpose of the experiment – for potential use in several promising applications – and a significant diagnostic tool carrying information on the laser-matter interaction [3,4]. This seminar will explore the different diagnostic methodologies classically used for ion detection, and will describe their specific advantages and limitations. High sensitivity [4] and capability to operate at high repetition rates [3,4] are two features of great importance for experiments in both present and future high energy and high intensity laser plants. Solutions capable to meet them will be also discussed in detail.