Control of the hot electrons produced by laser interaction with nanolayered target

Cao, Lihua; Gu, Yuqiu; Zhao, Zongqing; Cao, Leifeng; Huang, Wenzhong; Zhou, Weimin; Cai, H. B.; He, X. T.; Yu, Wei; Yu, M. Y.
October 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Oct2010, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p103106
Academic Journal
Hot electrons generated by short-pulse-laser interaction with nanolayered target (NT) are investigated using two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation. Compared to the planar target, the NT leads to more efficient conversion of laser energy to the kinetic energy of the accelerated electrons. However, the energy absorption by the NT decreases at both too-low and too-high laser intensities. At lower laser intensities it is because of the weaker electric and magnetic fields generated by the hot-electron jets and smaller relativistic skin depth. At higher laser intensities it is because of the damage or destruction of the layered structure by the laser field. On the other hand, the dependence of the conversion efficiency and hot-electron number on the duration of the (short) laser pulse and the nanolayer length is weak. Control of the hot-electron characteristics by tailoring the parameters of the laser and the NT is discussed.


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