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Title: Spatially and temporally resolved measurements of a dense copper plasma heated by intense relativistic electrons

A 100-μm-thick Cu foil is isochorically heated by a ~100-ns-long electron bunch with an energy of 19.8 MeV and current of 1.7 kA to T e > 1 eV. After 100 ns of heating and 20 ns of expansion, the plasma exhibits a stable, quiescent temperature and density distribution for >200 ns. Several intense Cu-I emission lines are observed after ~20 J of electron beam energy is deposited. These lines have well known Stark widths providing a direct measurement of n e. The Los Alamos ATOMIC code [Magee et al., AIP Conf. Proc. 2004, 168–179 and Hakel et al., J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 99, 265 (2006)] was run in local-thermodynamic-equilibrium mode to estimate T e and n e. Spatially and temporally resolved measurements are then presented in both the vertical and horizontal directions adjacent to the foil indicating temperatures >1 eV and densities ranging from 1–3 × 10 17 cm -3 after expansion and cooling.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; collisional energy loss; metalloids; lasers; hydrology; particle beams; hydrodynamics; stark effect; plasmas; x-ray absorption spectroscopy; density measurement
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OSTI ID: 1376974