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Recent experiments on the hydrodynamics of laser-produced plasmas conducted at the PALS laboratory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2007

Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
LOA, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
LOA, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
LULI, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
Czech Technical University, Praha, Czech Republic
University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
Central Laser Facility, CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan


We present a series of experimental results, and their interpretation, connected to various aspects of the hydrodynamics of laser produced plasmas. Experiments were performed using the Prague PALS iodine laser working at 0.44 μm wavelength and irradiances up to a few 1014 W/cm2. By adopting large focal spots and smoothed laser beams, the lateral energy transport and lateral expansion have been avoided. Therefore we could reach a quasi one-dimensional regime for which experimental results can be more easily and properly compared to available analytical models.

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