High power laser systems are an attractive driver for compact energetic ion sources. We demonstrate repetitive acceleration at 0.1 Hz of proton beams up to 40 MeV from a reeled tape target irradiated by ultra-high intensities up to 5 × 1021 Wcm−2 and laser energies ≈ 15 J using the J-KAREN-P laser system. We investigate the stability of the source and its behaviour with laser spot focal size. We compare the scaling of proton energy with laser energy to a recently developed analytical model, and also demonstrate that it is possible to reach energies up to 50 MeV on a single shot with a lower laser energy ≈ 10 J by using a thinner target, motivating development of high repetition targetry suitable for thinner targets.
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