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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
  • pp: 116–118

Femtosecond microscopy of radial energy transport in a micrometer-scale aluminum plasma excited at relativistic intensity

B. T. Bowes, H. Langhoff, M. C. Downer, M. Wilcox, B. Hou, J. Nees, and G. Mourou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 116-118 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000116


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Abstract

Using femtosecond microscopy, we observe subpicosecond transport of thermal energy radially outward from a micrometer-sized spot of an aluminum target following P-polarized excitation at > 10 18 W cm 2 with a 24 fs pulse. The rapid expansion coincides with the onset of nonlocal energy transport dominated by radiation and hot electrons.

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OCIS Codes
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Citation
B. T. Bowes, H. Langhoff, M. C. Downer, M. Wilcox, B. Hou, J. Nees, and G. Mourou, "Femtosecond microscopy of radial energy transport in a micrometer-scale aluminum plasma excited at relativistic intensity," Opt. Lett. 31, 116-118 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-1-116


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