• High Power Laser Science and Engineering
  • Vol. 4, Issue 3, 03000e25 (2016)
S. Eliezer1、2, J. M. Martinez-Val1, Z. Henis2、*, N. Nissim2, S. V. Pinhasi3, A. Ravid2, M. Werdiger2, and E. Raicher2
Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute of Nuclear Fusion, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
  • 2Applied Physics Division, Soreq NRC Yavne, Israel
  • 342 Beery, Rehovot, Israel
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    Abstract

    The laser-induced relativistic shock waves are described. The shock waves can be created directly by a high irradiance laser or indirectly by a laser acceleration of a foil that collides with a second static foil. A special case of interest is the creation of laser-induced fusion where the created alpha particles create a detonation wave. A novel application is suggested with the shock wave or the detonation wave to ignite a pre-compressed target. In particular, the deuterium–tritium fusion is considered. It is suggested that the collision of two laser accelerated foils might serve as a novel relativistic accelerator for bulk material collisions.

    1 Introduction

    From the time when Hugoniot[1] completed the theory of shock waves in 1887 this subject is active[2, 3] and it is a basic field in many domains of science and applications. Since the passage time of the shock wave is short in comparison with the disassembly time of the shocked sample, one can do shock wave research for any pressure that can be supplied by a driver assuming that appropriate diagnostics are available. This fact enables, for example, thermodynamic measurements and equations of state (EOS) study at extremely high pressures and temperatures relevant for many domains of physics[4, 5].

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    S. Eliezer, J. M. Martinez-Val, Z. Henis, N. Nissim, S. V. Pinhasi, A. Ravid, M. Werdiger, E. Raicher. Physics and applications with laser-induced relativistic shock waves[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2016, 4(3): 03000e25
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    Received: Jun. 2, 2016
    Accepted: Jun. 26, 2016
    Published Online: Nov. 7, 2016
    The Author Email: Z. Henis (zoharhenis@gmail.com)