Charge equilibrium of a laser-generated carbon-ion beam in warm dense matter

M. Gauthier, S.N. Chen, A. Levy, P. Audebert, C. Blancard, T. Ceccotti, M. Cerchez, D. Doria, V. Floquet, E. Lamour, C. Peth, L. Romagnani, J.-P. Rozet, M. Scheinder, R. Shepherd, T. Toncian, D. Vernhet, O. Willi, M. Borghesi, G. FaussurierJ. Fuchs

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Using ion carbon beams generated by high intensity short pulse lasers we perform measurements of single shot mean charge equilibration in cold or isochorically heated solid density aluminum matter. We demonstrate that plasma effects in such matter heated up to 1 eV do not significantly impact the equilibration of carbon ions with energies 0.045-0.5 MeV/nucleon. Furthermore, these measurements allow for a first evaluation of semiempirical formulas or ab initio models that are being used to predict the mean of the equilibrium charge state distribution for light ions passing through warm dense matter.
Original languageEnglish
Article number135003
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Early online date28 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2013


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