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Applied Physics B

, 123:197 | Cite as

The effect of laser contrast on generation of highly charged Fe ions by ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses

  • Anatoly Ya. FaenovEmail author
  • Maria A. Alkhimova
  • Tatiana A. Pikuz
  • Igor Yu. Skobelev
  • Mamiko Nishiuchi
  • Hironao Sakaki
  • Alexander S. Pirozhkov
  • Akito Sagisaka
  • Nicholas P. Dover
  • Kotaro Kondo
  • Koichi Ogura
  • Yuji Fukuda
  • Hiromitsu Kiriyama
  • Alexander Andreev
  • Keita Nishitani
  • Takumi Miyahara
  • Yukinobu Watanabe
  • Sergey A. PikuzJr.
  • Masaki Kando
  • Ruosuke Kodama
  • Kiminori Kondo
Article

Abstract

Experimental studies on the formation of highly charged ions of medium-Z elements using femtosecond laser pulses with different contrast levels were carried out. Multiply charged Fe ions were generated by laser pulses with 35 fs duration and an intensity exceeding 1021 W/cm2. Using high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic methods, bulk electron temperature of the generated plasma has been identified. It is shown that the presence of a laser pre-pulse at a contrast level of 105–106 with respect to the main pulse drastically decreases the degree of Fe ionization. We conclude that an effective source of energetic, multiply charged moderate and high-Z ions based on femtosecond laser–plasma interactions can be created only using laser pulses of ultra-high contrast.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grants #15F15772, 16K05506) and Grant Sakigake # JPMJPR16P9. X-ray data analysis was performed at JIHT RAS with financial support of the Russian Science Foundation (Grant #14-50-00124).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anatoly Ya. Faenov
    • 1
    • 2
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  • Maria A. Alkhimova
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tatiana A. Pikuz
    • 2
    • 4
  • Igor Yu. Skobelev
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mamiko Nishiuchi
    • 5
  • Hironao Sakaki
    • 5
  • Alexander S. Pirozhkov
    • 5
  • Akito Sagisaka
    • 5
  • Nicholas P. Dover
    • 5
  • Kotaro Kondo
    • 5
  • Koichi Ogura
    • 5
  • Yuji Fukuda
    • 5
  • Hiromitsu Kiriyama
    • 5
  • Alexander Andreev
    • 6
    • 7
  • Keita Nishitani
    • 8
  • Takumi Miyahara
    • 8
  • Yukinobu Watanabe
    • 8
  • Sergey A. PikuzJr.
    • 2
    • 3
  • Masaki Kando
    • 5
  • Ruosuke Kodama
    • 1
    • 4
    • 9
  • Kiminori Kondo
    • 5
  1. 1.Open and Transdisciplinary Research InitiativeOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan
  2. 2.Joint Institute for High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI)MoscowRussia
  4. 4.Graduate School of EngineeringOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan
  5. 5.Kansai Photon Science InstituteNational Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and TechnologyKizugawaJapan
  6. 6.Max Born InstituteBerlinGermany
  7. 7.ELI-ALPSSzegedHungary
  8. 8.Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering SciencesKyushu UniversityNishi-kuJapan
  9. 9.Photon Pioneers CenterOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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