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Title: Measurements of hot-electron temperature in laser-irradiated plasmas

In a recently published work1–3 we reported on measuring the total energy of hot electrons produced by the interaction of a nanosecond laser with planar CH-coated molybdenum targets, using the Mo Kα emission. The temperature of the hot electrons in that work was determined by the high-energy bremsstrahlung [hard x-ray (HXR)] spectrum measured by a three-channel fluorescence-photomultiplier detector (HXRD). In the present work, we replaced the HXRD with a nine-channel image-plate (IP)–based detector (HXIP). For the same conditions (irradiance of the order of 1014 W/cm2; 2-ns pulses) the measured temperatures are consistently lower than those measured by the HXRD (by a factor ~1.5 to 1.7). In addition, we supplemented this measurement with three experiments that measure the hot-electron temperature using Kα line-intensity ratios from high-Z target layers, independent of the HXR emission. These experiments yielded temperatures that were consistent with those measured by the HXIP. We showed that the thermal x-ray radiation must be included in the derivation of total energy in hot electrons (Ehot), and that this makes Ehot only weakly dependent on hot-electron temperature. For a given x-ray emission in inertial confinement fusion compression experiments, this result would lead to a higher total energy in hot electrons, butmore » the preheat of the compressed fuel may be lower because of the reduced hot-electron range.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1330098
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0001944
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY