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Title: Collimation of laser-produced plasmas using axial magnetic field

We investigated the expansion dynamics of laser-produced plasmas expanding into an axial magnetic field. Plasmas were generated by focusing 1.064 µm Nd:YAG laser pulses onto a planar tin target in vacuum and allowed to expand into a 0.5 T magnetic-filed where field lines were aligned along the plume expansion direction. Gated images employing intensified CCD showed focusing of the plasma plume, which were also compared with results obtained using particle-in-cell modelling methods. The estimated density and temperature of the plasma plumes employing emission spectroscopy revealed significant changes in the presence and absence of the 0.5T magnetic field. In the presence of the field, the electron temperature is increased with distance from the target, while the density showed opposite effects.
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Journal Name: Laser and Particle Beams, 33(2):175-182
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
laser produced plasma; plasma spectroscopy; plasma-magnetic field interaction