Propagation of a short-pulse laser-driven electron beam in matter

Volpe, L.; Batani, D.; Birindelli, G.; Morace, A.; Carpeggiani, P.; Xu, M. H.; Liu, F.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Lin, X. X.; Wang, S. J.; Zhu, P. F.; Meng, L. M.; Wang, Z. H.; Li, Y. T.; Sheng, Z. M.; Wei, Z. Y.; Zhang, J.; Santos, J. J.; Spindloe, C.
March 2013
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2013, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p033105
Academic Journal
We studied the transport of an intense electron beam produced by high intensity laser pulses through metals and insulators. Targets were irradiated at two different intensities, 1017 W/cm2 and 1019 W/cm2, at the laser facility Xtreme Light XL-III in Beijing, a Ti:Sa laser source emitting 40 fs pulses at 800 nm. The main diagnostic was Cu-Kα fluorescence imaging. Images of Kα spots have been collected for those two laser intensities, for different target thickness, and for different materials. Experimental results are analyzed taking into account both collisional and collective effects as well as refluxing at the edge of the target. The target temperature is evaluated to be Tc ∼ 6 eV for intensity I = 1017 W/cm2 (for all the tested materials: plastic, aluminium, and copper), and Tc ∼ 60 eV in aluminium and 120 eV in titanium for intensity I = 1019 W/cm2.


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