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Dynamics of nanometer-scale foil targets irradiated with relativistically intense laser pulses

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 October 2011

R. Hörlein
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
S. Steinke
Affiliation:
Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany
A. Henig
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
S.G. Rykovanov
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
M. Schnürer
Affiliation:
Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany
T. Sokollik
Affiliation:
Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany
D. Kiefer
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
D. Jung
Affiliation:
Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
X.Q. Yan
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany State Key Lab of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Peking University, Bejing, China
T. Tajima
Affiliation:
Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany Photomedical Research Center, JAEA, Kyoto, Japan
J. Schreiber
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
M. Hegelich
Affiliation:
Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
P.V. Nickles
Affiliation:
Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, GIST, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
M. Zepf
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
G.D. Tsakiris
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany
W. Sandner
Affiliation:
Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany
D. Habs
Affiliation:
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Garching, Germany
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Abstract

In this paper we report on an experimental study of high harmonic radiation generated in nanometer-scale foil targets irradiated under normal incidence. The experiments constitute the first unambiguous observation of odd-numbered relativistic harmonics generated by the v × B component of the Lorentz force verifying a long predicted property of solid target harmonics. Simultaneously the observed harmonic spectra allow in-situ extraction of the target density in an experimental scenario which is of utmost interest for applications such as ion acceleration by the radiation pressure of an ultraintense laser.

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