Simultaneous Measurements of Hard X Rays and Second-Harmonic Emission in fs Laser-Target Interactions

Abstract : The interaction of 150 fs laser pulses with very thin plastic targets at an intensity of 5×1017 W/cm2 was investigated experimentally. Second-harmonic (SH) radiation was found to be emitted only in the specular direction. Both SH intensity and hard x-ray yield were found to be strongly dependent upon the laser polarization. The main features of SH emission are in agreement with a theoretical model which assumes resonance absorption as the source mechanism of electron plasma waves. Measurements suggest that, in conditions of maximum energy absorption, wave breaking of resonantly excited electron plasma waves takes place.
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L. Gizzi, Danilo Giulietti, Antonio Giulietti, Patrick Audebert, S. Bastiani, et al.. Simultaneous Measurements of Hard X Rays and Second-Harmonic Emission in fs Laser-Target Interactions. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 1996, 76 (13), pp.2278-2281. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.2278⟩. ⟨hal-00465612⟩

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