Coulomb explosion of a cluster irradiated by a high intensity laser pulse

T. Esirkepov, R. Bingham, S. Bulanov, T. Honda, K. Nishihara, F. Pegoraro

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Clusters represent a new class of laser pulse targets which show both the properties of underdense and of overdense plasmas. We present analytical and numerical results (based on 2D- and 3D-PIC simulations) of the Coulomb explosion of the ion cloud that is formed when a cluster is irradiated by a high-intensity laser pulse. For laser pulse intensities in the range of 1021−1022 W/cm2, the laser light can rip electrons from atoms almost instantaneously and can create a cloud made of an electrically nonneutral plasma. Ions can then be accelerated up to high energy during the Coulomb explosion of the cloud.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000


  • carrier concentration
  • computer simulation
  • electrons
  • irradiation
  • kinetic energy
  • plasma density
  • plasma interactions


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