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The creation of radiation dominated plasmas using laboratory extreme ultra-violet lasers

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JournalHIGH ENERGY DENSITY PHYSICS
DateAccepted/In press - 30 Mar 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2017
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2017
Volume23
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)129-132
Early online date31/03/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Ionization in experiments where solid targets are irradiated by high irradiance extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lasers is examined. Free electron degeneracy effects on ionization in the presence of a high EUV flux of radiation is shown to be important. Overlap of the physics of such plasmas with plasma material under compression in indirect inertial fusion is explored. The design of the focusing optics needed to achieve high irradiance (up to 1014 Wcm−2) using an EUV capillary laser is presented.

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  • Warm dense matter, Degenerate plasma, Spectroscopy, Extreme ultra-violet

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