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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

D. BATANI
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
R. DEZULIAN
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
R. REDAELLI
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
R. BENOCCI
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
H. STABILE
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
F. CANOVA
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
T. DESAI
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
G. LUCCHINI
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini,” University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy
E. KROUSKY
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
K. MASEK
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
M. PFEIFER
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
J. SKALA
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
R. DUDZAK
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
B. RUS
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
J. ULLSCHMIED
Affiliation:
PALS Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
V. MALKA
Affiliation:
LOA, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
J. FAURE
Affiliation:
LOA, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
M. KOENIG
Affiliation:
LULI, Ecole Politechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
J. LIMPOUCH
Affiliation:
Czech Technical University, Praha, Czech Republic
W. NAZAROV
Affiliation:
University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
D. PEPLER
Affiliation:
Central Laser Facility, CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
K. NAGAI
Affiliation:
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
T. NORIMATSU
Affiliation:
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
H. NISHIMURA
Affiliation:
ILE, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Abstract

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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© 2007 Cambridge University Press

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