Bussmann Simulation Image (IMAGE) DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Caption Proton density after laser impact on a spherical solid density target: irradiated by an ultra-short, high intensity laser (not in picture) the intense electro-magnetic field rips electrons apart from their ions and creates a plasma. By varying the target geometry and laser properties, scientists could find optimal regimes to accelerate high quality, directed ion beams that are currently studied in accompanying experiments. Credit Axel Huebl, HZDR, David Pugmire, ORNL. Usage Restrictions Credit to Huebl/Pugmire. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.