Dynamics of nanometer-scale foil targets irradiated with relativistically intense laser pulses

R. Hörlein, S. Steinke, A. Henig, S. G. Rykovanov, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, D. Kiefer, D. Jung, X. Q. Yan, T. Tajima, J. Schreiber, M. Hegelich, P. V. Nickles, M. Zepf, G. D. Tsakiris, W. Sandner, D. Habs

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In this paper we report on an experimental study of high harmonic radiation generated in nanometer-scale foil targets irradiated under normal incidence. The experiments constitute the first unambiguous observation of odd-numbered relativistic harmonics generated by the v × B component of the Lorentz force verifying a long predicted property of solid target harmonics. Simultaneously the observed harmonic spectra allow in-situ extraction of the target density in an experimental scenario which is of utmost interest for applications such as ion acceleration by the radiation pressure of an ultraintense laser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Frequency conversion
  • Laser-driven acceleration
  • Laser-plasma interaction
  • Particle-in-cell method
  • Plasma-generated coherent radiation


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