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X-ray spectroscopy observation of fast ions generation in plasma produced by short low-contrast laser pulse irradiation of solid targets

  • A.YA. Faenov (a1), A.I. Magunov (a2), T.A. Pikuz (a1), I. YU. Skobelev (a1), S.V. Gasilov (a1), S. Stagira (a3), F. Calegari (a3), M. Nisoli (a3), S. de Silvestri (a3), L. Poletto (a4), P. Villoresi (a4) and A.A. Andreev (a5)...

Abstract

X-ray spectra of plasma produced by the interaction of Ti:Sa laser pulses (duration from 60 fs to 1 ps, and energy from 15 mJ to 128 mJ) with foil and solid Teflon and AL targets are investigated. It is shown experimentally and theoretically that the use of low contrast (10−2 – 10−4) short laser pulses, essentially promotes the conditions for generation of fast multi-charged ions. This effect is caused by self-focusing of the main laser pulse in a preplasma produced by intense laser prepulses. Modeling of the observed spectral line shape gives evidence of a considerable (about 3%) amount of multi-charged He-like F ions with energy E ∼ 1 MeV at rather low values of laser intensity IL ≈ 6 × 1016 W cm−2.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Anatoly Ya. Faenov, Joint Institute for High Temperatures of Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskaja str. 13/19, 127412 Moscow, Russia. Email: anatolyf@hotmail.com

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