J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 467 - 471
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 467-471

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133096

Theory and modeling of ion acceleration from the interaction of ultra-intense lasers with solid density targets

B.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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