Experimental characterization of picosecond laser interaction with solid targets

Year: 2008

Authors: Jung D., Gizzi LA., Labate L., Neely D., Notley M.M., Rajeev P.P., Roth M., Gregori G.

Autors Affiliation: Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom;
Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schloßgartenstrasse 9, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany;
ILIL-IPCF, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Area della Ricerca del CNR, Via G. Moruzzi, 1-56124 Pisa, Italy;
Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PU, United Kingdom

Abstract: We have characterized the plasma produced by a picosecond laser pulse using x-ray spectroscopy. High-resolution high-sensitivity spectra of K-shell emission from a Ti plasma have been obtained, showing a strong contribution from multiply ionized ions. Hydrodynamic and collisional-radiative codes are used to extract the plasma temperature and density from these measurements. We show that our measurements can provide benchmarks for particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of preplasma conditions in ultraintense laser-matter interactions.


Volume: 77 (5)      Pages from: 056403  to: 056403

KeyWords: radiation; ignition; pulses; plasmas; gain
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.77.056403

Citations: 5
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