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Theory and modeling of ion acceleration from the interaction of ultra-intense lasers with solid density targetsB.J. Albright1, L. Yin1, T.J.T. Kwan1, K.J. Bowers1, 0, B.M. Hegelich1 and J.C. Fernández1
1 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
The interaction of a high intensity, short-pulse laser with a thin target can lead to the generation of a highly collimated beam of fast ions off the rear target surface. These ion beams have the potential to impact inertial confinement fusion applications, including their use in diagnostics and fast-ignition. Recent work by the authors in the modeling of ion acceleration, using both full particle-in-cell and hybrid (particle ions, reduced electron physics) models, is leading to improved understanding of the physics governing ion acceleration.
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