Lateral electron transport in high-intensity laser-irradiated foils diagnosed by ion emission

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An experimental investigation of lateral electron transport in thin metallic foil targets irradiated by ultraintense (>= 10(19) W/cm(2)) laser pulses is reported. Two-dimensional spatially resolved ion emission measurements are used to quantify electric-field generation resulting from electron transport. The measurement of large electric fields (similar to 0.1 TV/m) millimeters from the laser focus reveals that lateral energy transport continues long after the laser pulse has decayed. Numerical simulations confirm a very strong enhancement of electron density and electric field at the edges of the target.


  • P. McKenna
  • D. C. Carroll
  • R. J. Clarke
  • R. G. Evans
  • K. W. D. Ledingham
  • Filip Lindau
  • Olle Lundh
  • T. McCanny
  • D. Neely
  • A. P. L. Robinson
  • L. Robson
  • P. T. Simpson
  • Claes-Göran Wahlström
  • M. Zepf
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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch