Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 322, Issue 1–4, pp 155–159 | Cite as

Collisionless interaction of an energetic laser produced plasma with a large magnetoplasma

  • C. Constantin
  • W. Gekelman
  • P. Pribyl
  • E. Everson
  • D. Schaeffer
  • N. Kugland
  • R. Presura
  • S. Neff
  • C. Plechaty
  • S. Vincena
  • A. Collette
  • S. Tripathi
  • M. Villagran Muniz
  • C. Niemann
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Original Paper

Abstract

We have commissioned a high-energy glass-laser at the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) to study the interaction of a dense laser-produced plasma with a large (17 m) magnetized plasma. First experiments with an energy of the laser blow-off an order of magnitude higher than previous work (Gekelman et al. in J. Geophys. Res. 108(A7):1281, 2003) produced large amplitude Alfvén waves (δB/B0≈15%). We will discuss the potential of this facility for collisionless laboratory astrophysics experiments.

Keywords

Alfvén waves Collisionless shocks 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Constantin
    • 1
  • W. Gekelman
    • 1
  • P. Pribyl
    • 1
  • E. Everson
    • 1
  • D. Schaeffer
    • 1
  • N. Kugland
    • 1
  • R. Presura
    • 2
  • S. Neff
    • 2
  • C. Plechaty
    • 2
  • S. Vincena
    • 1
  • A. Collette
    • 1
  • S. Tripathi
    • 1
  • M. Villagran Muniz
    • 3
  • C. Niemann
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of Nevada RenoRenoUSA
  3. 3.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexicoMexico

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