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Detailed characterization of the early x-ray emission of a plasma produced by point-like laser irradiation of solid Al targets

Year: 2005

Authors: Labate L., Cecchetti C.A., Galimberti M., Giulietti A., Giulietti D., Gizzi LA.

Autors Affiliation: CNR – IPCF, Intense Laser Irradiat, I-56124 Pisa, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica, UniversitĂ  di Pisa, and INFN, Sezione di Pisa, Italy; Department of Pure and Applied Physics, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

Abstract: A study of the dynamics of the x-ray emission from a point-like Al plasma produced by tight-focusing laser irradiation of a thick target is reported. Two-dimensional maps of the x-ray emission calculated at selected wavelengths show that, due to the rapid expansion cooling, x-ray emission mostly originates from a thin spatial layer. These properties enabled the results of the simulations to be compared with time-resolved x-ray spectra obtained under well-controlled experimental conditions. The outcome of this comparison is discussed in details, in view of the results reported in a recently published Letter [L. A. Gizzi, C. A. Cecchetti, M. Galimberti, A. Giulietti, D. Giulietti, L. Labate, S. Laville, and B. Tomassini, Phys. Plasmas 10, 4601 (2003)]. Moreover, the x-ray-reabsorption issues and the role of the Doppler decoupling mechanism in the presence of the strong velocity gradient typical of our experimental condition are discussed, also in view of a possible dedicated experiment. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.

Journal/Review: PHYSICS OF PLASMAS

Volume: 12 (8)      Pages from: 083101-1  to: 083101-8

KeyWords: expanding plasma; line transfer; ionization; resolution; fusion
DOI: 10.1063/1.1987618

Citations: 10
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