Electron energization during merging of self-magnetized, high-beta, laser-produced plasmas

G. Fiksel, W. Fox, M. J. Rosenberg, D. B. Schaeffer, J. Matteucci, A. Bhattacharjee

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Electron energization duringmerging of magnetized plasmas is studied using the OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser facilities by colliding two plasma plumes, each containing a Biermann-battery self-generated magnetic field. Two neighbouring plasma plumes are produced by intense laser beams, and the anti-parallel Biermann fields merge and reconnect in the process of the plumes’ expansion and collision. To isolate the merging as an acceleration source, the electron energy spectra obtained from two-plume collision shots are compared with the spectra from single-plume shots. Single-plume shots exhibit an energized electron tail with energies up to ~250 keV. The electrons in merging experiments are additionally accelerated by ~50-100 keV compared to single-plume shots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number905870411
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • astrophysical plasmas


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