Dielectric magnifying of plasma blocks by nonlinear force acceleration with delayed electron heating

Sadighi-Bonabi, Rasoul; Yazdani, Elnaz; Cang, Yu; Hora, Heinrich
November 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p113108
Academic Journal
Specific studies were performed in order to increase the thickness of laser generated directed space charge quasineutral plasma blocks with anomalously high ion current densities above 1011 A/cm2. This may lead to an alternative scheme of laser driven fusion with the irradiation of petawatt-picosecond laser pulses. Initial electron densities were used with Rayleigh profiles, because these are unique for inhomogeneous plasmas for undistorted acceleration at very low reflectivity until thermal absorption processes disturb these ideal conditions. Numerical hydrodynamic results based on a genuine two-fluid code are presented to optimize the block generation for possible fast ignition and details show the delay of thermal exchange between the ion and electron plasma fluid.


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