Close

Search

Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
share
Email Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Comments

Lasers Simulate Astronomical Phenomena

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2003
The magnetic fields produced in the interaction of intense laser pulses and dense plasmas may enable researchers to test models of neutron stars and white dwarfs in the lab, suggests a team of European scientists.

The group, which includes members from Imperial College London, reported the generation of peak magnetic fields of nearly 109 G at the 44th annual meeting of the American Physical Society's plasma physics division in November.

In the team's experiments, polarized 1-ps, 90-J pulses of 1054-nm radiation from the Vulcan laser at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Chilton, UK, were focused to intensities of approximately 1020 W/cm2 on thin, solid targets. Two polarimeters measured the induced ellipticities in the high-harmonic radiation produced in the experiments, which indicate the magnitude of the fields.

dense plasmaslaser pulsesneutron starsResearch & Technologywhite dwarfslasers

Comments
Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top
Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2018 Photonics Media, 100 West St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201 USA, info@photonics.com

Photonics Media, Laurin Publishing
x Subscribe to Photonics Spectra magazine - FREE!
We use cookies to improve user experience and analyze our website traffic as stated in our Privacy Policy. By using this website, you agree to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them.