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Title: Energetic electrons driven in the polarization direction of an intense laser beam incident normal to a solid target

Experiments were performed at the LLNL Titan laser to measure the propagation direction of the energetic electrons that were generated during the interaction of the polarized laser beam with solid targets in the case of normal incidence. The energetic electrons propagated through vacuum to spectator metal wires in the polarization direction and in the perpendicular direction, and the K shell spectra from the different wire materials were recorded as functions of the distance from the laser focal spot. It was found that the fluence of the energetic electrons driven into the spectator wires in the polarization direction compared to the perpendicular direction was larger and increased with the distance from the focal spot. Finally, this indicates that energetic electrons are preferentially driven in the direction of the intense oscillating electric field of the incident laser beam in agreement with the multiphoton inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption process.
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  1. Artep Inc., Ellicott City, MD (United States)
  2. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (United States)
  3. Ecopulse Inc., Springfield, VA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  5. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344; NA0001840; DTRA-1-10-0077
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
High Energy Density Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Artep Inc., Ellicott City, MD (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24); Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; multiphoton inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption; laser-plasma interaction; relativistic electron propagation
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