Investigation of Plasma Formation with ns Laser by Using Focused Sub-ns Laser Probe
Collider-Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, USA
* Corresponding author: SIkeda@bnl.gov
Published online: 9 January 2018
A laser ablation plasma formation process was investigated by shooting another laser beam. The initial plasma was created by a mildly focused nanosecond laser beam and the probe laser, which has about ten times shorter pulse length with tightly focussed condition, was irradiated on it. By analysing high temperature plasma created by the probe laser, we could detect an interaction between the initial low temperature plasma and the probe laser. The interaction caused that the velocity of high temperature plasma generated by the sub-ns laser became smaller and the amount of the highly charged ions decreased. We found that the interaction does not occur during the irradiation of the first half of the ns laser. This fact indicates that the plasma is not produced during the first half of the ns laser.
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