Sub-picosecond snapshots of fast electrons from high intensity laser-matter interactions

R. Pompili, M. P. Anania, F. Bisesto, M. Botton, M. Castellano, E. Chiadroni, A. Cianchi, A. Curcio, M. Ferrario, M. Galletti, Z. Henis, M. Petrarca, E. Schleifer, A. Zigler

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The interaction of a high-intensity short-pulse laser with thin solid targets produces electron jets that escape the target and positively charge it, leading to the formation of the electrostatic potential that in turn governs the ion acceleration. The typical timescale of such phenomena is on the sub-picosecond level. Here we show, for the first time, temporally-resolved measurements of the first released electrons that escaped from the target, so-called fast electrons. Their total charge, energy and temporal profile are provided by means of a diagnostics based on Electro-Optical Sampling with temporal resolution below 100 fs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)29512-29520
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
StatePublished - 26 Dec 2016

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