TITLE

Dynamics of laser self-triggered plasma shutter for shortening laser pulses

AUTHOR(S)
Xia, Changquan; Liu, Jiansheng; Deng, Aihua; Wang, Wentao; Wang, Cheng; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Dec2010, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p123113
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The dynamics of a solid foil irradiated by a circularly polarized laser pulse in the normal incidence is investigated by performing particle-in-cell simulations. After sufficiently compressed by the light pressure, the foil becomes transparent, with a part of the incident pulse transmitted through, and then it turns opaque again, blocking the tail of the pulse. It is found that the transparency dynamically depends on the motion of the compressed foil and relies on the incident pulse. Thus, the foil can be used to shorten the incident pulse as a self-triggered shutter.
ACCESSION #
56912070

 

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