Absence of fast electrons in laser-irradiated gas-jet targets

J. A. Tarvin, F. J. Mayer, D. C. Slater, Gar E. Busch, G. Charatis, T. R. Pattinson, R. J. Schroeder, D. Sullivan, Dennis L Matthews

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The x-ray spectrum emitted by a gas jet irradiated at 1016 W/cm2 has been measured for laser wavelengths of 1.05 and 0.53 m. The flux of hard x rays (h>10 keV) emitted by a gas jet is less than 0.3% of that emitted by a glass target irradiated at the same intensity. This low flux implies that less than 0.1% of the incident energy is used to heat electrons to energies greater than 10 keV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-260
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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