The behaviours of colliding laser plasma plumes (Cp) compared with single plasma plumes (Sp) are investigated for 14 different atomic mass targets. A Faraday cup, situated at the end of a drift tube (L = 0.99 m), is employed to record the time-of-flight (TOF) current traces for all elements and both plume configurations, for a fixed laser intensity of Ip = 4.2 × 1010 W cm−2 (F = 0.25 kJ cm−2). The ratio of the peak current from the Cp relative to twice that from the Sp is designated as the peak current ratio while the ratio of the integrated charge yield from the Cp relative to twice that from the Sp is designated as the charge yield ratio. Variation of the position of the Faraday cup within the drift tube (L = 0.33, 0.55, and 0.99 m) in conjunction with a lower laser fluence (F = 0.14 kJ cm−2) facilitated direct comparison of the changing TOF traces from both plasma configurations for the five lightest elements studied (C, Al, Si, Ti, and Mn). The results are discussed in the frame of laser plasma hydrodynamic modelling to approximate the critical recombination distance LCR. The dynamics of colliding laser plasma plumes and the atomic mass dependence trends observed are presented and discussed.
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Research Article| September 20 2013
Atomic mass dependent electrostatic diagnostics of colliding laser plasma plumes
E. T. Kennedy;
P. Yeates, C. Fallon, E. T. Kennedy, J. T. Costello; Atomic mass dependent electrostatic diagnostics of colliding laser plasma plumes. Phys. Plasmas 1 September 2013; 20 (9): 093106. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4821979
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