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Title: Using high power lasers as a tool for secondary sources and laboratory astrophysics
Authors: Lezhnin, Kirill
Advisors: Fisch, Nathaniel J
Contributors: Astrophysical Sciences—Plasma Physics Program Department
Subjects: Astrophysics
Plasma physics
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Over the past few decades, laser technology has developed dramatically, achieving ultrahigh peak laser powers. Currently operating laser facilities (e.g., NIF, OMEGAEP, and BELLA) may deliver up to 1 petawatt peak laser power, while up andcoming ELI-Beamlines and ELI-Nuclear Physics projects will reach 10 petawatt level soon. Such high power pulses are capable of creating ultrahigh electric (up to 1 gigavolt/micron) and magnetic (up to 1 megatesla) fields, which open up an opportunity for a wide range of applications, from fundamental investigations of strong-field QED and astrophysically relevant phenomena in the controlled laboratory environment to development of secondary sources of charged particles and radiation. In the present thesis, I will discuss laser power transmission and seed focusability problems in plasma-based laser amplification, some approaches towards the creation of laser-based fast ion and gamma ray sources, and applications of high power lasers to the studies of magnetic reconnection and electron acceleration by magnetized collisionless shocks.
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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