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author = {Palmer, CAJ and Schreiber, J and Nagel, SR and Dover, NP and Bellei, C and Beg, FN and Bott, S and Clarke, RJ and Dangor, AE and Hassan, SM and Hilz, P and Jung, D and Kneip, S and Mangles, SPD and Lancaster, KL and Rehman, A and Robinson, APL and Spindloe, C and Szerypo, J and Tatarakis, M and Yeung, M and Zepf, M and Najmudin, Z},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.225002},
journal = {Phys Rev Lett},
title = {Rayleigh-Taylor instability of an ultrathin foil accelerated by the radiation pressure of an intense laser.},
url = {},
volume = {108},
year = {2012}

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AB - We report experimental evidence for a Rayleigh-Taylor-like instability driven by radiation pressure of an ultraintense (10(21) W/cm(2)) laser pulse. The instability is witnessed by the highly modulated profile of the accelerated proton beam produced when the laser irradiates a 5 nm diamondlike carbon (90% C, 10% H) target. Clear anticorrelation between bubblelike modulations of the proton beam and transmitted laser profile further demonstrate the role of the radiation pressure in modulating the foil. Measurements of the modulation wavelength, and of the acceleration from Doppler-broadening of back-reflected light, agree quantitatively with particle-in-cell simulations performed for our experimental parameters and which confirm the existence of this instability.
AU - Palmer,CAJ
AU - Schreiber,J
AU - Nagel,SR
AU - Dover,NP
AU - Bellei,C
AU - Beg,FN
AU - Bott,S
AU - Clarke,RJ
AU - Dangor,AE
AU - Hassan,SM
AU - Hilz,P
AU - Jung,D
AU - Kneip,S
AU - Mangles,SPD
AU - Lancaster,KL
AU - Rehman,A
AU - Robinson,APL
AU - Spindloe,C
AU - Szerypo,J
AU - Tatarakis,M
AU - Yeung,M
AU - Zepf,M
AU - Najmudin,Z
DO - 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.225002
PY - 2012///
TI - Rayleigh-Taylor instability of an ultrathin foil accelerated by the radiation pressure of an intense laser.
T2 - Phys Rev Lett
UR -
UR -
VL - 108
ER -