Laser plasma interaction studies in the context of shock ignition-Transition from collisional to collisionless absorption

Klimo, O.; Tikhonchuk, V. T.; Ribeyre, X.; Schurtz, G.; Riconda, C.; Weber, S.; Limpouch, J.
August 2011
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2011, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p082709
Academic Journal
The shock ignition concept implies laser pulse intensities higher than 1015 W/cm2 (at the wavelength of 351 nm), which is the commonly accepted limit where the inverse bremsstruhlung absorption dominates. The transition from collisional to collisionless absorption in laser plasma interactions at higher intensities is studied in the present paper with the help of large scale one-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. The initial parameters are defined by the hydrodynamic simulations corresponding to recent experiments. The simulations predict that a quasi-steady regime of laser plasma interaction is attained where the total laser energy absorption stays on the level of ∼65% in the laser intensity range 1015-1016 W/cm2. However, the relation between the collisional and collisionless processes changes significantly. This is manifested in the energy spectrum of electrons transporting the absorbed laser energy and in the spectrum of the reflected laser light.


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