Ablative Acceleration of Planar Targets to High Velocities.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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Laser irradiated targets are ablatively accelerated to velocities near those required for fusion pellet implosions while remaining relatively cool and uniform. The target velocities and velocity profiles are measured using a double-foil method, which is described in detail. Also, the ablation plasma flow from the target surface is spatially resolved, and the scalings with absorbed irradiance of the ablation pressure, ablation velocity, and mass ablation rate are determined. Results are compared with hydrodynamic code calculations. Author
- Lasers and Masers
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics