Electron-density measurements in hohlraums using soft-x-ray deflectometry

C. D. Decker, R. A. London, J. A. Harte, L. V. Powers, J. E. Trebes

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This paper presents design calculations for experiments that measure electron densities of laser heated hohlraums with soft-x-ray moiré deflectometry. Hydrodynamical simulations of the hohlraums are analyzed to obtain deflection angles of the probing beam and x-ray emission from the hohlraum. The deflection angles and resulting moiré fringe shifts and fringe contrast are predicted to be sufficient to infer electron-density gradients from measurements. In addition, the self-emission is found to be much lower than that of the probing laser beam, giving a good signal-to-noise ratio. In conclusion, moiré deflectometry with soft-x-ray lasers has the potential to give valuable information about the electron density in laser driven hohlraums.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5952-5957
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number5 SUPPL. B
StatePublished - May 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics


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