Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions

Paul McKenna, Mark N. Quinn

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Abstract

In the interaction of a power laser pulse with a dense target a significant fraction of the laser pulse energy is absorbed to produce an intense beam of energetic (MeV) electrons. The physics of the generation and transport of this large current (multi-mega-Ampere) of fast electrons within the target is of fundamental importance to many topics in high intensity laser-solid interactions, including ion and radiation source development, warm dense matter physics and advanced schemes for inertial fusion energy. A review of the underlying physics governing energetic electron generation and transport in solids is given, together with recent examples of progress in this field of research. Prospects for controlling the transport of energetic electrons are also discussed.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser-Plasma Interactions and Applications
EditorsPaul McKenna, David Neely, Robert Bingham, Dino Jaroszynski
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages91-112
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783319000374, 9783319000381
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2013

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lasers
electrons
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ion sources
high power lasers
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Keywords

  • fast electron
  • fast ignition
  • Weibel instability
  • fast electron beam
  • fast electron transport

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McKenna, P., & Quinn, M. N. (2013). Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions. In P. McKenna, D. Neely, R. Bingham, & D. Jaroszynski (Eds.), Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications (pp. 91-112). Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00038-1_5
McKenna, Paul ; Quinn, Mark N. / Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions. Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications. editor / Paul McKenna ; David Neely ; Robert Bingham ; Dino Jaroszynski. Switzerland : Springer, 2013. pp. 91-112
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McKenna, P & Quinn, MN 2013, Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions. in P McKenna, D Neely, R Bingham & D Jaroszynski (eds), Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 91-112. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00038-1_5

Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions. / McKenna, Paul; Quinn, Mark N.

Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications. ed. / Paul McKenna; David Neely; Robert Bingham; Dino Jaroszynski. Switzerland : Springer, 2013. p. 91-112.

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McKenna P, Quinn MN. Energetic electron generation and transport in intense laser-solid interactions. In McKenna P, Neely D, Bingham R, Jaroszynski D, editors, Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications. Switzerland: Springer. 2013. p. 91-112 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00038-1_5