Effects of target pre-heating and expansion on terahertz radiation production from intense laser-solid interactions

Xiaohui Yuan, Y Fang, David Carroll, David MacLellan, F Du, Nicola Booth, Matthias Burza, Min Chen, Ross Gray, Y. F. Jin, Y. Li, Y. Liu, David Neely, Haydn Powell, Graeme Gordon Scott, Claes-Göran Wahlström, J. Zhang, Paul McKenna, Z. M. Sheng

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Abstract

The first experimental measurements of intense (∼7×1019 W cm−2) laser-driven terahertz (THz) radiation from a solid target which is preheated by an intense pulse of laser-accelerated protons is reported. The total energy of the THz radiation is found to decrease by approximately a factor of 2 compared to a cold target reference. This is attributed to an increase in the scale length of the preformed plasma, driven by proton heating, at the front surface of the target, where the THz radiation is generated. The results show the importance of controlling the preplasma scale length for THz production.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere5
Number of pages5
JournalHigh Power Laser Science and Engineering
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • target heating
  • terahertz radiation
  • laser-driven terahertz radiation

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    Yuan, X., Fang, Y., Carroll, D., MacLellan, D., Du, F., Booth, N., Burza, M., Chen, M., Gray, R., Jin, Y. F., Li, Y., Liu, Y., Neely, D., Powell, H., Scott, G. G., Wahlström, C-G., Zhang, J., McKenna, P., & Sheng, Z. M. (2014). Effects of target pre-heating and expansion on terahertz radiation production from intense laser-solid interactions. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2, [e5]. https://doi.org/10.1017/hpl.2014.7