Relativistic laser interactions with preformed plasma channels and gamma-ray measurements

L.A. Gizzi, M. Galimberti, A. Giulietti, D. Giulietti, P. Tomassini, Marco Borghesi, D.H. Campbell, A. Schiavi, O. Willi

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The propagation of a 1-ps laser pulse at intensities exceeding 10(19) Wcm(-2) in a low-density plasma channel was experimentally tested. The channel was produced by a lower intensity preceding pulse of the same duration. Plasma electrons were accelerated during the propagation of the main pulse, and high energy gamma -ray detectors were used to detect their bremsstrahlung emission. The gamma -ray yield was studied for different channel conditions, by varying the delay between the channel forming pulse and the high intensity pulse. These results are correlated with the interferograms of the propagation region into the plasma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalLaser And Particle Beams
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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