Publications


Identification of Phase Transitions and Metastability in Dynamically Compressed Antimony Using Ultrafast X-Ray Diffraction.

Physical review letters 122 (2019) 255704-

AL Coleman, MG Gorman, R Briggs, RS McWilliams, D McGonegle, CA Bolme, AE Gleason, DE Fratanduono, RF Smith, E Galtier, HJ Lee, B Nagler, E Granados, GW Collins, JH Eggert, JS Wark, MI McMahon

Ultrafast x-ray diffraction at the LCLS x-ray free electron laser has been used to resolve the structural behavior of antimony under shock compression to 59 GPa. Antimony is seen to transform to the incommensurate, host-guest phase Sb-II at ∼11  GPa, which forms on nanosecond timescales with ordered guest-atom chains. The high-pressure bcc phase Sb-III is observed above ∼15  GPa, some 8 GPa lower than in static compression studies, and mixed Sb-III/liquid diffraction are obtained between 38 and 59 GPa. An additional phase which does not exist under static compression, Sb-I^{'}, is also observed between 8 and 12 GPa, beyond the normal stability field of Sb-I, and resembles Sb-I with a resolved Peierls distortion. The incommensurate Sb-II high-pressure phase can be recovered metastably on release to ambient pressure, where it is stable for more than 10 ns.


Retrieving fields from proton radiography without source profiles

Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics American Physical Society (2019)

MF Kasim, A BOTT, P Tzeferacos, DQ Lamb, G GREGORI, SM Vinko

Proton radiography is a technique in high energy density science to diagnose magnetic and/or electric fields in a plasma by firing a proton beam and detecting its modulated intensity profile on a screen. Current approaches to retrieve the integrated field from the modulated intensity profile require the unmodulated beam intensity profile before the interaction, which is rarely available experimentally due to shot-to-shot variability. In this paper, we present a statistical method to retrieve the integrated field without needing to know the exact source profile. We apply our method to experimental data, showing the robustness of our approach. Our proposed technique allows not only for the retrieval of the path-integrated fields, but also of the statistical properties of the fields.


Free Electron Relativistic Correction Factors to Collisional Excitation and Ionisation Rates in a Plasma

High Energy Density Physics Elsevier BV (2019) 100716

JJ Beesley, SJ Rose


Phase transition lowering in dynamically compressed silicon

NATURE PHYSICS 15 (2019) 89-+

EE McBride, A Krygier, A Ehnes, E Galtier, M Harmand, Z Konopkova, HJ Lee, H-P Liermann, B Nagler, A Pelka, M Roedel, A Schropp, RF Smith, C Spindloe, D Swift, F Tavella, S Toleikis, T Tschentscher, JS Wark, A Higginbotham


Energy absorption in the laser-QED regime.

Scientific reports 9 (2019) 8956-

AF Savin, AJ Ross, R Aboushelbaya, MW Mayr, B Spiers, RH-W Wang, PA Norreys

A theoretical and numerical investigation of non-ponderomotive absorption at laser intensities relevant to quantum electrodynamics is presented. It is predicted that there is a regime change in the dependence of fast electron energy on incident laser energy that coincides with the onset of pair production via the Breit-Wheeler process. This prediction is numerically verified via an extensive campaign of QED-inclusive particle-in-cell simulations. The dramatic nature of the power law shift leads to the conclusion that this process is a candidate for an unambiguous signature that future experiments on multi-petawatt laser facilities have truly entered the QED regime.


Kinetic simulations of fusion ignition with hot-spot ablator mix

PHYSICAL REVIEW E 100 (2019) ARTN 033206

JD Sadler, Y Lu, B Spiers, MW Mayr, A Savin, RHW Wang, R Aboushelbaya, K Glize, R Bingham, H Li, KA Flippo, PA Norreys


Molecular dynamics simulations of grain interactions in shock-compressed highly textured columnar nanocrystals

PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS 3 (2019) ARTN 083602

PG Heighway, D McGonegle, N Park, A Higginbotham, JS Wark


Observation of He-like Satellite Lines of the H-like Potassium K XIX Emission

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 881 (2019) ARTN 92

ME Weller, P Beiersdorfer, TE Lockard, GV Brown, A McKelvey, J Nilsen, R Shepherd, VA Soukhanovskii, MP Hill, LMR Hobbs, D Burridge, DJ Hoarty, J Morton, L Wilson, SJ Rose, P Hatfield


Orbital Angular Momentum Coupling in Elastic Photon-Photon Scattering.

Physical review letters 123 (2019) 113604-

R Aboushelbaya, K Glize, AF Savin, M Mayr, B Spiers, R Wang, J Collier, M Marklund, RMGM Trines, R Bingham, PA Norreys

In this Letter, we investigate the effect of orbital angular momentum (OAM) on elastic photon-photon scattering in a vacuum for the first time. We define exact solutions to the vacuum electromagnetic wave equation which carry OAM. Using those, the expected coupling between three initial waves is derived in the framework of an effective field theory based on the Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangian and shows that OAM adds a signature to the generated photons thereby greatly improving the signal-to-noise ratio. This forms the basis for a proposed high-power laser experiment utilizing quantum optics techniques to filter the generated photons based on their OAM state.


Supersonic plasma turbulence in the laboratory.

Nature communications 10 (2019) 1758-

TG White, MT Oliver, P Mabey, M Kühn-Kauffeldt, AFA Bott, LNK Döhl, AR Bell, R Bingham, R Clarke, J Foster, G Giacinti, P Graham, R Heathcote, M Koenig, Y Kuramitsu, DQ Lamb, J Meinecke, T Michel, F Miniati, M Notley, B Reville, D Ryu, S Sarkar, Y Sakawa, MP Selwood, J Squire, RHH Scott, P Tzeferacos, N Woolsey, AA Schekochihin, G Gregori

The properties of supersonic, compressible plasma turbulence determine the behavior of many terrestrial and astrophysical systems. In the interstellar medium and molecular clouds, compressible turbulence plays a vital role in star formation and the evolution of our galaxy. Observations of the density and velocity power spectra in the Orion B and Perseus molecular clouds show large deviations from those predicted for incompressible turbulence. Hydrodynamic simulations attribute this to the high Mach number in the interstellar medium (ISM), although the exact details of this dependence are not well understood. Here we investigate experimentally the statistical behavior of boundary-free supersonic turbulence created by the collision of two laser-driven high-velocity turbulent plasma jets. The Mach number dependence of the slopes of the density and velocity power spectra agree with astrophysical observations, and supports the notion that the turbulence transitions from being Kolmogorov-like at low Mach number to being more Burgers-like at higher Mach numbers.


Thomson scattering cross section in a magnetized, high-density plasma.

Physical review. E 99 (2019) 063204-

AFA Bott, G Gregori

We calculate the Thomson scattering cross section in a nonrelativistic, magnetized, high-density plasma-in a regime where collective excitations can be described by magnetohydrodynamics. We show that, in addition to cyclotron resonances and an elastic peak, the cross section exhibits two pairs of peaks associated with slow and fast magnetosonic waves; by contrast, the cross section arising in pure hydrodynamics possesses just a single pair of Brillouin peaks. Both the position and the width of these magnetosonic-wave peaks depend on the ambient magnetic field and temperature, as well as transport and thermodynamic coefficients, and so can therefore serve as a diagnostic tool for plasma properties that are otherwise challenging to measure.


First demonstration of ARC-accelerated proton beams at the National Ignition Facility

Physics of Plasmas 26 (2019)

D Mariscal, T Ma, SC Wilks, AJ Kemp, GJ Williams, P Michel, H Chen, PK Patel, BA Remington, M Bowers, L Pelz, MR Hermann, W Hsing, D Martinez, R Sigurdsson, M Prantil, A Conder, J Lawson, M Hamamoto, P Di Nicola, C Widmayer, D Homoelle, R Lowe-Webb, S Herriot, W Williams, D Alessi, D Kalantar, R Zacharias, C Haefner, N Thompson, T Zobrist, D Lord, N Hash, A Pak, N Lemos, M Tabak, C McGuffey, J Kim, FN Beg, MS Wei, P Norreys, A Morace, N Iwata, Y Sentoku, D Neely, GG Scott, K Flippo

© 2019 Author(s). New short-pulse kilojoule, Petawatt-class lasers, which have recently come online and are coupled to large-scale, many-beam long-pulse facilities, undoubtedly serve as very exciting tools to capture transformational science opportunities in high energy density physics. These short-pulse lasers also happen to reside in a unique laser regime: very high-energy (kilojoule), relatively long (multi-picosecond) pulse-lengths, and large (10s of micron) focal spots, where their use in driving energetic particle beams is largely unexplored. Proton acceleration via Target Normal Sheath Acceleration (TNSA) using the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) short-pulse laser at the National Ignition Facility in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is demonstrated for the first time, and protons of up to 18 MeV are measured using laser irradiation of >1 ps pulse-lengths and quasi-relativistic (∼10 18 W/cm 2 ) intensities. This is indicative of a super-ponderomotive electron acceleration mechanism that sustains acceleration over long (multi-picosecond) time-scales and allows for proton energies to be achieved far beyond what the well-established scalings of proton acceleration via TNSA would predict at these modest intensities. Furthermore, the characteristics of the ARC laser (large ∼100 μm diameter focal spot, flat spatial profile, multi-picosecond, relatively low prepulse) provide acceleration conditions that allow for the investigation of 1D-like particle acceleration. A high flux ∼ 50 J of laser-accelerated protons is experimentally demonstrated. A new capability in multi-picosecond particle-in-cell simulation is applied to model the data, corroborating the high proton energies and elucidating the physics of multi-picosecond particle acceleration.


Laboratory measurements of geometrical effects in the x-ray emission of optically thick lines for ICF diagnostics

PHYSICS OF PLASMAS 26 (2019) ARTN 063302

G Perez-Callejo, LC Jarrott, DA Liedahl, EV Marley, GE Kemp, RF Heeter, JA Emig, ME Foord, K Widmann, J Jaquez, H Huang, SJ Rose, JS Wark, MB Schneider


Laboratory study of stationary accretion shock relevant to astrophysical systems.

Scientific reports 9 (2019) 8157-

P Mabey, B Albertazzi, E Falize, T Michel, G Rigon, L Van Box Som, A Pelka, F-E Brack, F Kroll, E Filippov, G Gregori, Y Kuramitsu, DQ Lamb, C Li, N Ozaki, S Pikuz, Y Sakawa, P Tzeferacos, M Koenig

Accretion processes play a crucial role in a wide variety of astrophysical systems. Of particular interest are magnetic cataclysmic variables, where, plasma flow is directed along the star's magnetic field lines onto its poles. A stationary shock is formed, several hundred kilometres above the stellar surface; a distance far too small to be resolved with today's telescopes. Here, we report the results of an analogous laboratory experiment which recreates this astrophysical system. The dynamics of the laboratory system are strongly influenced by the interplay of material, thermal, magnetic and radiative effects, allowing a steady shock to form at a constant distance from a stationary obstacle. Our results demonstrate that a significant amount of plasma is ejected in the lateral direction; a phenomenon that is under-estimated in typical magnetohydrodynamic simulations and often neglected in astrophysical models. This changes the properties of the post-shock region considerably and has important implications for many astrophysical studies.


Radiation transfer in cylindrical, toroidal and hemi-ellipsoidal plasmas

Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer Elsevier BV (2019)

G Pérez-Callejo, JS Wark, SJ Rose


Recovery of metastable dense Bi synthesized by shock compression

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 114 (2019) ARTN 120601

MG Gorman, AL Coleman, R Briggs, RS McWilliams, A Hermann, D McGonegle, CA Bolme, AE Gleason, E Galtier, HJ Lee, E Granados, EE McBride, S Rothman, DE Fratanduono, RF Smith, GW Collins, JH Eggert, JS Wark, MI McMahon


Field reconstruction from proton radiography of intense laser driven magnetic reconnection

Physics of Plasmas 26 (2019)

CAJ Palmer, PT Campbell, Y Ma, L Antonelli, AFA Bott, G Gregori, J Halliday, Y Katzir, P Kordell, K Krushelnick, SV Lebedev, E Montgomery, M Notley, DC Carroll, CP Ridgers, AA Schekochihin, MJV Streeter, AGR Thomas, ER Tubman, N Woolsey, L Willingale

© 2019 Author(s). Magnetic reconnection is a process that contributes significantly to plasma dynamics and energy transfer in a wide range of plasma and magnetic field regimes, including inertial confinement fusion experiments, stellar coronae, and compact, highly magnetized objects like neutron stars. Laboratory experiments in different regimes can help refine, expand, and test the applicability of theoretical models to describe reconnection. Laser-plasma experiments exploring magnetic reconnection at a moderate intensity (IL ∼1014 W cm-2) have been performed previously, where the Biermann battery effect self-generates magnetic fields and the field dynamics studied using proton radiography. At high laser intensities (ILλL2>1018 Wcm-2μm2), relativistic surface currents and the time-varying electric sheath fields generate the azimuthal magnetic fields. Numerical modeling of these intensities has shown the conditions that within the magnetic field region can reach the threshold where the magnetic energy can exceed the rest mass energy such that σcold = B2/(μ0nemec2) > 1 [A. E. Raymond et al., Phys. Rev. E 98, 043207 (2018)]. Presented here is the analysis of the proton radiography of a high-intensity (∼1018 W cm-2) laser driven magnetic reconnection geometry. The path integrated magnetic fields are recovered using a "field-reconstruction algorithm" to quantify the field strengths, geometry, and evolution.


The use of geometric effects in diagnosing ion density in ICF-related dot spectroscopy experiments

HIGH ENERGY DENSITY PHYSICS 30 (2019) 45-51

G Perez-Callejo, DA Liedahl, MB Schneider, SJ Rose, JS Wark


A proposal to measure iron opacity at conditions close to the solar convective zone-radiative zone boundary

High Energy Density Physics Elsevier BV (2019)

DJ Hoarty, J Morton, M Jeffery, LK Pattison, A Wardlow, SPD Mangles, SJ Rose, C Iglesias, K Opachich, RF Heeter, TS Perry


Observing thermal Schwinger pair production

Physical Review A American Physical Society (APS) 99 (2019) 052120

O Gould, S Mangles, A Rajantie, S Rose, C Xie

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