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Development of an in situ peak intensity measurement method for ultraintense single shot laser-plasma experiments at the Sandia Z petawatt facility

Link, A., Chowdhury, E.A., Morrison, J.T., Ovchinnikov, V.M., Offermann, D., Van Woerkom, L., Freeman, R.F., Pasley, J., Shipton, E., Beg, F., Rambo, P., Schwarz, J., Geissel, M., Edens, A. and Porter, J.L. (2006) Development of an in situ peak intensity measurement method for ultraintense single shot laser-plasma experiments at the Sandia Z petawatt facility. Review of Scientific Instruments, 77 (10). 10E723-1. ISSN 0034-6748

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Abstract

Using the physical process of ultraintense field ionization of high charge states of inert gas ions, we have developed a method of peak intensity measurement at the focus of high energy short pulse lasers operating in single shot mode. The technique involves detecting ionization products created from a low pressure gas target at the laser focus via time of flight detector. The observation of high ion charge states collected by the detector yields peak intensity at the focus when compared with the results obtained from well established tunnel ionization models. An initial peak intensity measurement of 5×1016 W cm–2 was obtained for a 1.053 µm center wavelength, 0.4 J pulse with 1 ps pulse duration focused with an f/5.5 off-axis parabola. Experiments with multijoule level, 500 fs laser pulses are on the way.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Physics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 15:16
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 15:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2336469
Status: Published
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Identification Number: 10.1063/1.2336469
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7479

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