Laser driven shock wave acceleration experiments using plastic foams

M. Koenig, A. Benuzzi-Mounaix, F. Philippe, B. Faral, D. Batani, T. A. Hall, N. Grandjouan, W. Nazarov, J. P. Chieze, R. Teyssier

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In this letter, we present an experimental study of shock propagation in a decreasing density gradient which is a common feature in many astrophysical objects. An original scheme for the targets has been designed to investigate the case of a discrete density step. Using foams in a wide density range (20-400 mg/cm-3), we obtained accurate data on shock acceleration at the solid-foam interface. Results are discussed and compared with models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3026-3028
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 8 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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