Rapid heating of solid density material by a petawatt laser

Evans, R. G.; Clark, E. L.; Eagleton, R. T.; Dunne, A. M.; Edwards, R. D.; Garbett, W. J.; Goldsack, T. J.; James, S.; Smith, C. C.; Thomas, B. R.; Clarke, R.; Neely, D. J.; Rose, S. J.
May 2005
Applied Physics Letters;5/9/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 19, p191505
Academic Journal
Time-resolved x-ray spectra from solid targets irradiated by the VULCAN Petawatt laser focused to 1020 W cm-2 show that material at solid density is heated to temperatures above 500 eV to a depth of about 15 μm and for a duration of more than 30 ps. Modeling with the implicit hybrid plasma code LSP shows that the heating is sensitive to the laser prepulse through resistive inhibition of the laser accelerated electrons in the blow off layer.


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