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Title: X-ray imaging to characterize MeV electronics propagation through plastic targets

Abstract

A high intensity laser pulse incident on an overdense plasma generates high energy electrons at the critical surface which propagate into the plasma. The details of this propagation is critical to the Fast Ignition process. The energetic electrons emerge as a jet on the far side, but the spread and propagation direction of the jet within the plasma is not well known. By embedding several thin high Z layers in a CH film one can directly image the progress of the electron beam. It loses enough energy to heat the medium through which it travels to hundreds of eV. At that temperature a film, even buried under CH, emits sufficiently hard thermal x-rays to allow imaging the heated area with an x-ray pinhole camera. The film can be thin enough to also see the emissions from another layer near the front of the film. If these two images are visible simultaneously, one can measure the beam spread and propagation direction within the plastic.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Defense Programs (DP) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
14596
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-135478; DP021000
DP021000; TRN: US0106178
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: First International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications, Bordeaux (FR), 09/12/1999--09/17/1999; Other Information: PBD: 3 Sep 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ELECTRON BEAMS; IGNITION; LASER RADIATION; PLASTICS; TAIL ELECTRONS; TARGETS; PLASMA DENSITY; ICF DEVICES; HARD X RADIATION; FLOW VISUALIZATION

Citation Formats

Key, M H, Stephens, R B, Koch, J, and Pennington, D. X-ray imaging to characterize MeV electronics propagation through plastic targets. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Key, M H, Stephens, R B, Koch, J, & Pennington, D. X-ray imaging to characterize MeV electronics propagation through plastic targets. United States.
Key, M H, Stephens, R B, Koch, J, and Pennington, D. Fri . "X-ray imaging to characterize MeV electronics propagation through plastic targets". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/14596.
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abstractNote = {A high intensity laser pulse incident on an overdense plasma generates high energy electrons at the critical surface which propagate into the plasma. The details of this propagation is critical to the Fast Ignition process. The energetic electrons emerge as a jet on the far side, but the spread and propagation direction of the jet within the plasma is not well known. By embedding several thin high Z layers in a CH film one can directly image the progress of the electron beam. It loses enough energy to heat the medium through which it travels to hundreds of eV. At that temperature a film, even buried under CH, emits sufficiently hard thermal x-rays to allow imaging the heated area with an x-ray pinhole camera. The film can be thin enough to also see the emissions from another layer near the front of the film. If these two images are visible simultaneously, one can measure the beam spread and propagation direction within the plastic.},
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