X-ray Thomson scattering from proton heated matter

Paul Davis, University of California, Berkeley

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Understanding the interaction of particle beams with solid matter is an important challenge in the study of material properties under extreme conditions, having particular relevance to fast-ignition schemes of inertial fusion. We present the first measurements of thermodynamic properties of proton-heated matter using spectrally resolved x-ray scattering, performed on the Titan laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The petawatt laser beam was split into two beams; the first 10 ps, 80 J beam generated a proton beam from a 10µm Aluminum foil, while a second 150 J beam produced a 4.5 keV Titanium K-α x-ray pulse. The MeV protons heated a Boron Nitride target, creating a strongly coupled plasma. X-rays were scattered from the heated target onto a curved crystal spectrometer, probing the collective electron-electron oscillations of the system. Electron density and temperature are extracted from the dispersion and detailed balance of the up- and down-shifted plasmon signals.

Abstract Author(s): P.F. Davis, S. Le Pape, P. Neumayer, A.L. Kritcher, T. Doeppner, A. Bennuzzi-Mounaix, A. Ravasio, C. Brown, D. Hochhaus, C. Fortmann, G. Gregori, O. L. Landen, and S. H. Glenzer