Enhancing Bremsstrahlung production from ultraintense laser-solid interactions with front surface structures*
Physics Department, The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH, 43210, USA
Received in final form: 25 July 2014
Published online: 2 October 2014
We report the results of a combined study of particle-in-cell and Monte Carlo modeling that investigates the production of Bremsstrahlung radiation produced when an ultraintense laser interacts with a tower-structured target. These targets are found to significantly narrow the electron angular distribution as well as produce significantly higher energies. These features combine to create a significant enhancement in directionality and energy of the Bremstrahlung radiation produced by a high-Z converter target. These studies employ short-pulse, high intensity laser pulses, and indicate that novel target design has potential to greatly enhance the yield and narrow the directionality of high energy electrons and γ-rays. We find that the peak γ-ray brightness for this source is 6.0 × 1019 s-1 mm-2 mrad-2 at 10 MeV and 1.4 × 1019 s-1 mm-2 mrad-2 at 100 MeV (0.1% bandwidth).
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag 2014