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Characterization of electrostatic shock in laser-produced optically-thin plasma flows using optical diagnostics

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JournalPhysics of Plasmas
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jun 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 27 Jun 2017
Issue number7
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)1-8
Early online date27/06/17
Original languageEnglish


We present a method for evaluating the properties of electrostatic shock in laser-produced plasmas by using optical diagnostics. A shock is formed by a collimated jet in counter-streaming plasmas in nearly collisionless condition, showing the steepening of the transition width in time. In the present experiment, a streaked optical pyrometry was applied to evaluate the electron density and temperatures in the upstream and downstream regions of the shock so that the shock conditions are satisfied, by assuming thermal bremsstrahlung emission in optically thin plasmas. The derived electron densities are nearly consistent with those estimated from interferometry.

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