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Radiation pressure and radiation reaction effects in laser-solid interaction

Year: 2011

Authors: Macchi A., Tamburini M., Veghini S., Pegoraro F., Di Piazza A., Keitel C. H.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR, research unit “Adriano Gozzini”, Pisa, Italy;
Dipartimento di Fisica “Enrico Fermi”, Universit√† di Pisa, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy;
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract: The interaction of ultra-high intensity laser pulses with solid targets is studied theoretically and with Particle-In-Cell (PIC) simulations. The regime of Radiation Pressure Acceleration of ultrathin foil targets is investigated within an improved \”Light Sail\” or \”accelerating mirror\” model. The latter provides simple and useful scalings for the characteristics of accelerated ions. The underlying dynamics, unfolded by PIC simulations, is however more complex than the simple model may suggest. An important issue is the heating of electrons that, even if strongly reduced by the use of circulary polarized (CP) pulses, may lead to a significant broadening of the ion spectrum. Radiation Reaction (RR) effects in the ultra-relativistic regime of extreme intensities are included in the PIC simulations via the Landau-Lifshitz formula. Apparently, for linearly polarized pulses RR slightly reduces the ion energy but also contributes to cooling the electrons, while RR effects are rather weak for CP pulses.

Journal/Review: PROCEEDINGS OF SPIE

Volume: 7994      Pages from: 799421  to: 799421

KeyWords: Laser-Plasma Interactions; Radiation Pressure; Radiation Reaction; Ion Acceleration;
DOI: 10.1117/12.881906

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