High energy density plasmas produced by x-ray and extreme ultraviolet lasers

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

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A comprehensive simulation study is presented, examining the interaction of an EUV capillary discharge laser, operating at 46.9nm, within carbon at solid density. By incorporating a detailed model of photoionization, equation of state calculations, electronic term accounting and refractive index calculation into a pre-existing 2D radiative-hydrodynamic code POLLUX, target ablation and subsequent plasma expansion has been simulated for target material under intense (1011 W cm-2) EUV irradiation. Unique ablation based on direct photoionization by EUV photons creates solid density plasma with a temperature below 20eV. Plasma in this warm dense matter state is of particular interest to inertial confinement fusion research. A reduction in focal spot size, due to a decrease in the diffraction limit, combined with increased target penetration allows for high-aspect ratio hole drilling and a significant increase in the ejected target mass. This work outlines a comprehensive computational environment used to simulate the EUV/x-ray laser interaction within solid material and expanding plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray Lasers and Coherent X-Ray Sources
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Applications X
EditorsAnnie Klisnick, Carmen S. Menoni
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780819496997
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications - San Diego, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

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


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