Radiative jet experiments of astrophysical interest using intense lasers

D. R. Farley, K. G. Estabrook, S. G. Glendinning, S. H. Glenzer, B. A. Remington, K. Shigemori, J. M. Stone, R. J. Wallace, G. B. Zimmerman, J. A. Harte

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A high Mach number, radiatively cooled jet of astrophysical interest has been produced using intense laser irradiation of a gold cone. The evolution of the jet was imaged in emission and in radiography, and the temperature was measured with Thomson scattering. Comparison with numerical simulations shows that radiative cooling is a dominant mechanism in the collapse of the Au plasma jet on axis, with temperatures plummeting and peak densities increasing, each by an order of magnitude in ˜1/2 ns. In dimensionless terms, aspects of this jet are similar to radiative astrophysical jets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1982-1985
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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