Laminar shocks in high power laser plasma interactions
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We propose a theory to describe laminar ion sound structures in a collisionless plasma. Reflection of a small fraction of the upstream ions converts the well known ion acoustic soliton into a structure with a steep potential gradient upstream and with downstream oscillations. The theory provides a simple interpretation of results dating back more than forty years but, more importantly, is shown to provide an explanation for recent observations on laser produced plasmas relevant to inertial fusion and to ion acceleration. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
Cairns , R A , Bingham , R , Norreys , P & Trines , R 2014 , ' Laminar shocks in high power laser plasma interactions ' Physics of Plasmas , vol 21 , no. 2 , 022112 . DOI: 10.1063/1.4864328
Physics of Plasmas
Copyright (2014) American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Laminar shocks in high power laser plasma interactions Cairns, R. A., Bingham, R., Norreys, P. & Trines, R. Feb 2014 In : Physics of Plasmas. 21, 2, 4 p.022112 and may be found at http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/pop/21/2/10.1063/1.4864328.
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