Artificial collimation of fast-electron beams with two laser pulses

A.P.L. Robinson, M. Sherlock, P.A. Norreys

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A scheme for artificially collimating fast-electron beams produced in high intensity (>1019 Wcm2) laser-solid interactions is proposed. The scheme uses a laser pulse at the relativistic threshold (1018 Wcm2) that precedes the high intensity pulse to pregenerate a collimating magnetic field. This concept is supported by analytical calculations and numerical calculations performed using a novel hybrid-Vlasov-Fokker-Planck code called LEDA. This scheme may be highly useful for fast ignition inertial confinement fusion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2008


  • artificial collimation
  • fast-electron beams
  • two laser pulses

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