Laminar shocks in high power laser plasma interactions

R. A. Cairns*, R. Bingham, P. Norreys, R. Trines

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We propose a theory to describe laminar ion sound structures in a collisionless plasma. Reflection of a small fraction of the upstream ions converts the well known ion acoustic soliton into a structure with a steep potential gradient upstream and with downstream oscillations. The theory provides a simple interpretation of results dating back more than forty years but, more importantly, is shown to provide an explanation for recent observations on laser produced plasmas relevant to inertial fusion and to ion acceleration. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022112
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
Early online date14 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


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