Surface plasmons in superintense laser-solid interactions

Year: 2018

Authors: Macchi A.

Autors Affiliation: 1) National Institute of Optics, National Research Council (CNR/INO), Adriano Gozzini Laboratory, via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy
2) Enrico Fermi Department of Physics, University of Pisa, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: We review studies of superintense laser interactions with solid targets where the generation of propagating surface plasmons (or surface waves) plays a key role. These studies include the onset of plasma instabilities at the irradiated surface, the enhancement of secondary emissions (protons, electrons, and photons as high harmonics in the XUV range) in femtosecond interactions with grating targets, and the generation of unipolar current pulses with picosecond duration. The experimental results give evidence of the existence of surface plasmons in the nonlinear regime of relativistic electron dynamics. These findings open up a route to the improvement of ultrashort laser-driven sources of energetic radiation and, more in general, to the extension of plasmonics in a high field regime.


Volume: 25      Pages from: 031906-1  to: 031906-11

More Information: Invited paper in Special Topic collection “Plasmonics and solid state plasmas”
KeyWords: plasmonics; high field science;
DOI: 10.1063/1.5013321

Citations: 31
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