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Preliminary evidences of AC-run-away in femtosecond laser-matter interaction

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1 Author(s)
E. Besuelle ; Clearly Inventive & Novel Syst., Munchen, Germany

The role of collisional absorption is shown to be important at the beginning of the interaction between a laser pulse and matter, i.e., a plasma, while later on collective absorption phenomena take place. The scope of this paper is to present first results about the long predicted AC-run-away effect, defined as a sudden transition from a collisional absorption regime to a collective one, in ideal circumstances: for an ultrashort laser pulse, i.e., subpicosecond pulses, and with a sharp plasma boundary, i.e., without a laser prepulse. For this purpose, we use a kinetic model based on the ballistic theory. The model is of relevance to laser-matter interaction including laser nuclear fusion or laser particle acceleration.

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )