Impact of laser-accelerated micron-size projectile on dense plasma

Wang, J. W.; Yu, Wei; Lei, A. L.; Yu, M. Y.; Cai, H. B.; Wang, Xin; Chen, J.; Wong, A. Y.
March 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2009, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p033110
Academic Journal
The impact of a laser-accelerated micron-size projectile on a dense plasma target is studied using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. The projectile is first accelerated by an ultraintense laser. It then impinges on the dense plasma target and merges with the latter. Part of the kinetic energy of the laser-accelerated ions in the projectile is deposited in the fused target, and an extremely high concentration of plasma ions with a mean kinetic energy needed for fusion reaction is induced. The interaction is thus useful for laser-driven impact fusion and as a compact neutron source.


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