Optically controlled solid-density transient plasma gratings.

  title={Optically controlled solid-density transient plasma gratings.},
  author={Sylvain Monchoc{\'e} and Subhendu Kahaly and Annie LeBlanc and Laurent Videau and Patrick Combis and Fabrice R{\'e}au and David Garzella and Pascal d'Oliveira and Ph Martin and Fabien Qu{\'e}r{\'e}},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={112 14},
A general approach for optically controlled spatial structuring of overdense plasmas generated at the surface of initially plain solid targets is presented. We demonstrate it experimentally by creating sinusoidal plasma gratings of adjustable spatial periodicity and depth, and study the interaction of these transient structures with an ultraintense laser pulse to establish their usability at relativistically high intensities. We then show how these gratings can be used as a "spatial ruler" to… CONTINUE READING

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