Modeling of annular-laser-beam-driven plasma jets from massive planar targets
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 June 2012
Production of sharply collimated high velocity outflows – plasma jets from massive planar targets by a single laser beam at PALS facility is clarified via numerical simulations. Since only a few experimental data on the intensity distribution in the interaction beam near the focus are available for the PALS facility, the laser beam profile was calculated by a numerical model of the laser system and the interaction optics. The obtained intensity profiles are used as the input for plasma dynamic simulations by our cylindrical two-dimensional fluid code PALE. Jet formation due to laser intensity profile with a minimum on the axis is demonstrated. The outflow collimation improves significantly for heavier elements, even when radiative cooling is omitted. Using an optimized interaction beam profile, a homogeneous jet with a length exceeding its diameter by several times may be reliably generated for applications in laboratory astrophysics and impact ignition studies.
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