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Nail-like targets for laser-plasma interaction experiments

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  • J. Pasley
  • M. Wei
  • E. Shipton
  • S. Chen
  • T. Ma
  • F. N. Beg
  • N. Alexander
  • R. Stephens
  • A. G. MacPhee
  • D. Hey
  • S. Le Pape
  • P. Patel
  • A. Mackinnon
  • M. Key
  • D. Offermann
  • A. Link
  • E. Chowdhtlry
  • L. Van Woerkom
  • R. R. Freeman

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JournalIEEE transactions on plasma science
DatePublished - Aug 2008
Issue number4
Volume36
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)1128-1129
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The interaction of ultrahigh power picosecond laser pulses with solid targets is of interest both for benchmarking the results of hybrid particle in cell codes and also for applications in reentrant cone guided fast ignition. We describe the construction of novel targets in which copper/titanium wires are formed into "nail-like" objects by a process of melting and micromachining so that energy can be reliably coupled to a 24-mu m-diameter wire. An extreme-ultraviolet image of the interaction of the Titan laser with such a target is shown.

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    Research areas

  • cone guided fast ignition, extreme ultraviolet imaging, laser-produced electron transport in solids, laser-solid interaction

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