Laser opacity in underdense preplasma of solid targets due to quantum electrodynamics effects.

Abstract

We investigate how next-generation laser pulses at 10-200PW interact with a solid target in the presence of a relativistically underdense preplasma produced by amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). Laser hole boring and relativistic transparency are strongly restrained due to the generation of electron-positron pairs and γ-ray photons via quantum… (More)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.013201

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