The interaction of λ2 laser pulses with plasma is studied to scale the high-field physics from high power laser systems to low-energy, high-repetition-rate lasers. For this purpose, 20 mJ, 40 fs Ti:sapphire laser pulses were focused in a spot of 2.2×2.3 μm2 with a maximum intensity of I∼ 1019 W cm2. Efficient generations of energetic electrons (∼1 MeV) and hard x-rays with energies of over 100 keV were obtained by irradiating the low-energy, tightly focused laser pulses on a massive Cu target.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)