J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 413 - 416
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 413-416

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133083

A fast electron jet along target surface irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses

Y.T. Li1, X.H. Yuan1, 2, Z.Y. Zheng1, M.H. Xu1, Y.Y. Ma1, M. Chen1, W.X. Liang1, Q.Z. Yu1, Z.M. Sheng1, Z.H. Wang1, Z.Y. Wei1 and J. Zhang1, 0

1  Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
2  State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an 710068, China

We demonstrate a fast electron jet along the target surface in the interaction of a femtosecond laser pulse with a solid foil. Numerical simulations show that the jet is formed due to the confinement of the surface quasistatic electromagnetic fields induced by the fast electrons themselves. The results suggest an easy way to obtain a well collimated, highly directional and stable laser-based fast electron source with a ultrashort pulse duration.

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