Publications associated with High Power Laser Group

Measurements of the K-Shell Opacity of a Solid-Density Magnesium Plasma Heated by an X-Ray Free-Electron Laser.

Physical review letters 119 (2017) 085001-

TR Preston, SM Vinko, O Ciricosta, P Hollebon, H-K Chung, GL Dakovski, J Krzywinski, M Minitti, T Burian, J Chalupský, V Hájková, L Juha, V Vozda, U Zastrau, RW Lee, JS Wark

We present measurements of the spectrally resolved x rays emitted from solid-density magnesium targets of varying sub-μm thicknesses isochorically heated by an x-ray laser. The data exhibit a largely thickness-independent source function, allowing the extraction of a measure of the opacity to K-shell x rays within well-defined regimes of electron density and temperature, extremely close to local thermodynamic equilibrium conditions. The deduced opacities at the peak of the Kα transitions of the ions are consistent with those predicted by detailed atomic-kinetics calculations.

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