TITLE

Optimizing the ionization and energy absorption of laser-irradiated clusters

AUTHOR(S)
Kundu, M.; Bauer, D.
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2008, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p033303
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It is known that rare-gas or metal clusters absorb incident laser energy very efficiently. However, due to the intricate dependencies on all the laser and cluster parameters, it is difficult to predict under which circumstances ionization and energy absorption are optimal. With the help of three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of xenon clusters (up to 17256 atoms), it is shown that for a given laser pulse energy and cluster, an optimum wavelength exists that corresponds to the approximate wavelength of the transient, linear Mie-resonance of the ionizing cluster at an early stage of negligible expansion. In a single ultrashort laser pulse, the linear resonance at this optimum wavelength yields much higher absorption efficiency than in the conventional, dual-pulse pump-probe setup of linear resonance during cluster expansion.
ACCESSION #
31520920

 

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