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Nanometer-scale characterization of laser-driven compression, shocks, and phase transitions, by x-ray scattering using free electron lasers

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  • T. Kluge
  • C. Rödel
  • M. Rödel
  • A. Pelka
  • Emma E. McBride
  • L. B. Fletcher
  • M. Harmand
  • A. Krygier
  • M. Bussmann
  • Eric Galtier
  • E. Gamboa
  • A. L. Garcia
  • M. Garten
  • S. H. Glenzer
  • E. Granados
  • C. Gutt
  • H. J. Lee
  • B. Nagler
  • W. Schumaker
  • F. Tavella
  • M. Zacharias
  • U. Schramm
  • T. E. Cowan


Publication details

JournalPhysics of Plasmas
DateAccepted/In press - 1 Sep 2017
DatePublished (current) - 1 Oct 2017
Issue number10
Original languageEnglish


We study the feasibility of using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) as a new experimental diagnostic for intense laser-solid interactions. By using X-ray pulses from a hard X-ray free electron laser, we can simultaneously achieve nanometer and femtosecond resolution of laser-driven samples. This is an important new capability for the Helmholtz international beamline for extreme fields at the high energy density endstation currently built at the European X-ray free electron laser. We review the relevant SAXS theory and its application to transient processes in solid density plasmas and report on first experimental results that confirm the feasibility of the method. We present results of two test experiments where the first experiment employs ultra-short laser pulses for studying relativistic laser plasma interactions, and the second one focuses on shock compression studies with a nanosecond laser system.

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