Magnetic Reconnection and Plasma Dynamics in Two-Beam Laser-Solid Interactions Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We present measurements of a magnetic reconnection in a plasma created by two laser beams (1 ns pulse duration, 1 x 10(15) W cm(-2)) focused in close proximity on a planar solid target. Simultaneous optical probing and proton grid deflectometry reveal two high velocity, collimated outflowing jets and 0.7-1.3 MG magnetic fields at the focal spot edges. Thomson scattering measurements from the reconnection layer are consistent with high electron temperatures in this region.

authors

  • Nilson, PM
  • Willingale, L
  • Kaluza, MC
  • Kamperidis, C
  • Minardi, S
  • Wei, MS
  • Fernandes, P
  • Notley, M
  • Bandyopadhyay, S
  • Sherlock, Mary
  • Kingham, RJ
  • Tatarakis, M
  • Najmudin, Z
  • Rozmus, W
  • Evans, RG
  • Haines, MG
  • Dangor, AE
  • Krushelnick, K

publication date

  • December 22, 2006