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Gamma-ray measurements in relativistic interaction with underdense plasmas
Author(s): M. Galimberti; Antonio Giulietti; Danilo Giulietti; L. A. Gizzi; M. Borghesi; H. D. Campbell; A. Schiavi; Oswald Willi
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Paper Abstract

Fast electrons generated during laser-plasma interactions at relativistic intensities can be studied directly using electron spectrometers, or indirectly, detecting the gamma- ray bremsstrahlung radiation generated by the interaction of these electrons with matter. In a recent experiment carried out at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory using the Vulcan laser, the propagation of a 75 H, 1 ps Chirped Pulse Amplified pulse (CPA) in a preformed plasma channel was studied using a variety of diagnostic techniques. High energy gamma ray detectors based on NaI(Tl) scintillator coupled to photomultipliers were used to detect bremsstrahlung emission from accelerated electrons. The gamma-ray yield was studied for different plasma channel conditions by varying the delay between the channel forming pulse and the main CPA pulse. These result are correlated with the interferometric images of the plasma interaction region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 April 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4424, ECLIM 2000: 26th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, (23 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.425545
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M. Galimberti, Istituto di Fisica Atomica e Molecolare and Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
Antonio Giulietti, Istituto di Fisica Atomica e Molecolare (Italy)
Danilo Giulietti, Istituto di Fisica Atomica e Molecolare and Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
L. A. Gizzi, Istituto di Fisica Atomica e Molecolare (Italy)
M. Borghesi, Queen's Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. D. Campbell, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
A. Schiavi, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Oswald Willi, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4424:
ECLIM 2000: 26th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter
Milan Kalal; Karel Rohlena; Milan Sinor, Editor(s)

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