We have performed short-pulse x-ray scattering measurements on laser-driven shock-compressed plastic samples in the warm dense matter regime, providing instantaneous snapshots of the system evolution. Time-resolved and angularly resolved scattered spectra sensitive to the correlation effects in the plasma show the appearance of short-range order within a few interionic separations. Comparison with radiation-hydrodynamic simulations indicates that the shocked plastic is compressed with a temperature of a few electron volts. These results are important for the understanding of the thermodynamic behavior of strongly correlated matter for conditions relevant to both laboratory astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion research.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
Barbrel, B., Koenig, M., Benuzzi-Mounaix, A., Brambrink, E., Brown, C. R. D., Gericke, D. O., Nagler, B., Rabec Le Gloahec, M., Riley, D., Spindloe, C., Vinko, S. M., Vorberger, J., Wark, J., Wunsch, K., & Gregori, G. (2009). Measurement of Short-Range Correlations in Shock-Compressed Plastic by Short-Pulse X-Ray Scattering. Physical Review Letters, 102(16), . https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.165004