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Relativistic High-Energy-Density Systems

  • R. Paul Drake
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)

Abstract

In this chapter we address the low-density and high-temperature regime of high-energy-density physics identified in Chap. 1. While phenomena produced in this regime often connect with those discussed in the previous chapters, there are real differences in the underlying physics. A high-energy-density, thermal, relativistic plasma would have a minimum temperature of 511 keV and a density exceeding 1018 cm–3. At the turn of the century, such plasmas did not exist in the laboratory. Producing them can be taken as a challenge for the early 21st century.

Keywords

Laser Pulse Electron Bunch Ponderomotive Force Coulomb Explosion Ultrafast Laser 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Paul Drake
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  1. 1.Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space SciencesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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