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Investigation of optical-field ionized plasmas by Thomson scattering
Author(s): C. Michael Jost; Ernst E. Fill
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Paper Abstract

Using Thomson scattering of laser light we have studied optical-field ionized Hydrogen and Deuterium plasmas with respect to electron density, electron temperature and ion temperature. The plasmas were created by focusing 120 fs, 790 nm pulses of our Hz ATLAS Ti:sapphire laser system to intensities of up to 7 X 1016 W/cm2. The measurements were performed for linear and elliptic polarization of the ionizing laser light. We find that the ion temperatures for Deuterium and Hydrogen are not identical, whereas the corresponding electron temperatures show no significant difference. Considering standard theory for optical-field ionization we would expect much higher electron temperatures for elliptic than for linear laser polarization. But for Deuterium the electron temperature for elliptic polarization. With increasing particle density ionization defocusing of the laser beam and heating of the electrons due to inverse bremsstrahlung gain in significance.

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: 10.1117/12.425551
Show Author Affiliations
C. Michael Jost, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)
Ernst E. Fill, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)

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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