The influence of lattice-melt-induced resistivity gradients on the transport of mega-ampere currents of fast electrons in solids is investigated numerically and experimentally using laser-accelerated protons to induce isochoric heating. Tailoring the heating profile enables the resistive magnetic fields which strongly influence the current propagation to be manipulated. This tunable laser-driven process enables important fast electron beam properties, including the beam divergence, profile and symmetry, to be actively tailored, and without recourse to complex target manufacture.
- lattice-melt-induced resistivity gradients
- mega-ampere currents
- fast electrons