Generation of strongly coupled plasma using Argon-based capillary discharge lasers

Andrew K. Rossall, Valentin Aslanyan, Sarah Wilson, Greg J. Tallents

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Argon based capillary discharge lasers operate in the extreme ultra violet (EUV) at 46.9 nm with an output of up to 0.5 mJ energy per pulse and up to a 10 Hz repetition rate. Focussed irradiances of up to 1012 W cm-2 are achievable and can be used to generate plasma in the warm dense matter regime by irradiating solid material. To model the interaction between such an EUV laser and solid material, the 2D radiative-hydrodynamic code POLLUX has been modified to include absorption via direct photo-ionisation, a super-configuration model to describe the ionisation dependant electronic configurations and a calculation of plasma refractive indices for ray tracing of the incident EUV laser radiation. A simulation study is presented, demonstrating how capillary discharge lasers of 1.2ns pulse duration can be used to generate strongly coupled plasma at close to solid density with temperatures of a few eV and energy densities up to 1×105 J cm-3. Plasmas produced by EUV laser irradiation are shown to be useful for examining the equation-of-state properties of warm dense matter. One difficulty with this technique is the reduction of the strong temperature and density gradients which are produced during the interaction. Methods to inhibit and control these gradients will be examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray Lasers and Coherent X-Ray Sources
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Applications XI
EditorsAnnie Klisnick, Carmen S. Menoni
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781628417555
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications - San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015
Conference number: XI (Link to Conference Details)

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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