J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 503 - 505
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 503-505

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133103

Electron transport dependence on target surface conditions and laser spot shape

R.J. Mason, E.S. Dodd and B.J. Albright

Applied Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory 87545

The interaction of intense short pulse radiation with thick Al foils is studied as a function of the absorption region density profile and the laser spot shape. Absorption of the light generates relativistic hot electrons near the critical surface. When the density profile is steep with micron scale lengths, and a small spot (8 ${\rm\mu} $m FWHM) the hot electrons are retained near the surface while undergoing strong lateral surface transport through intense thermoelectric magnetic fields. Alternatively, with mild, ${\sim}
30$ $\mu $m, scale length initial profiles the light beam bores a hole in the corona, wraps it with B-field, extinguishes the lateral hot electron flow, and sends a reduced fraction of hot electrons forward in filaments. Finally, broadening the spot to 40 ${\rm\mu} $m and totally flattening it gives strong forward-directed hot electron penetration, which, if achievable, could serve effectively for Fast Ignition and radiography.

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