Broadening of the energy spectrum of ions accelerated by laser-driven shocks in over-dense slab plasmas

Quan-Li Dong, Min-Qing He, Zheng-Ming Sheng, Min Chen, Shou-Jun Wang, Jie Zhang
2010 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
We investigated numerically the broadening mechanisms of the energy spectrum of ions accelerated by electrostatic shocks in over dense plasmas irradiated by intense ultra-short laser pulses. It was found that the width of the shock-accelerated ion spectrum could be ineluctably broadened by two mechanisms, which are the continuously decreasing speed of the shock front due to the energy dissipation into ions, and the further acceleration by the sheath field at target rears when energetic ions
more » ... ve there. Other effects, such like that of driving laser pulse duration, were also studied.
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/244/4/042024 fatcat:tt34bqxbbzgenb6lfr6msrlsi4