Guiding and confining fast electrons by transient electric and magnetic fields with a plasma inverse cone

Lei, A. L.; Cao, L. H.; Yang, X. Q.; Tanaka, K. A.; Kodama, R.; He, X. T.; Mima, K.; Nakamura, T.; Norimatsu, T.; Yu, W.; Zhang, W. Y.
February 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Feb2009, Vol. 16 Issue 2, pN.PAG
Academic Journal
The fast electron propagation in an inverse cone target is investigated computationally and experimentally. Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation shows that fast electrons with substantial numbers are generated at the outer tip of an inverse cone target irradiated by a short intense laser pulse. These electrons are guided and confined to propagate along the inverse cone wall, forming a large surface current. The propagation induces strong transient electric and magnetic fields which guide and confine the surface electron current. The experiment qualitatively verifies the guiding and confinement of the strong electron current in the wall surface. The large surface current and induced strong fields are of importance for fast ignition related researches.


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