Relativistic intensity laser interactions with low-density plasmas

Willingale, L. and Nilson, P. M. and Zulick, C. and Chen, H. and Craxton, R. S. and Cobble, J. and Maksimchuk, A. and Norreys, P. A. and Sangster, T. C. and Scott, R. H. H. and Stoeckl, C. (2016) Relativistic intensity laser interactions with low-density plasmas. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 688 (1). ISSN 1742-6588

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We perform relativistic-intensity laser experiments using the Omega EP laser to investigate channeling phenomena and particle acceleration in underdense plasmas. A fundamental understanding of these processes is of importance to the hole-boring fast ignition scheme for inertial confinement fusion. Proton probing was used to image the electromagnetic fields formed as the Omega EP laser pulse generated a channel through underdense plasma. Filamentation of the channel was observed, followed by self-correction into a single channel. The channel radius as a function of time was found to be in reasonable agreement with momentum conserving snowplough models.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3100
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 81946
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2016 10:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 03:58

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