Extreme States of Matter by Isochoric Heating

  • Dimitri BataniEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 118)


Extreme states of matter, characterized by very high temperatures and pressure, are common in the laboratory and in nature, including laser-produced plasmas, controlled thermonuclear fusion, the interior of planets, brown dwarfs, burning stars, up to supernova explosions. The advent of high-intensity short-pulse lasers offers a new tool for this kind of studies. Extreme states can be created using the “isochoric heating” approach in which matter is rapidly heated by the fast energy deposition from the laser before any significant expansion takes place. Laser beams are unable to penetrate deeply inside matter but the fast electrons produced by laser-matter interaction can be the “carriers” allowing heating in-depth of the target. X-ray imaging and X-ray spectroscopy allow for characterization of the produced states of matter.



The experiments described in this chapter have been possible thanks to collaborations with many scientists from different laboratories and countries: G. Boutoux, J. J. Santos (University of Bordeaux, France), O. N. Rosmej, A. Schönlein (Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany), L. Antonelli (University of York, UK), J. J. Honrubia (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), S. Pikuz (JIHT, Moscow, Russia), D. Khaghani, P. Neumayer (GSI Darmstadt. Germany), A. Debayle, Ch. Rousseaux, L. Gremillet (CEA DAM DIF, Bruyères-le-Chatel, France), Ch. Spindloe, M. Tolley (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK), A. Magunov (General Physics Institute, Moscow, Russia), W. Nazarov (University of St. Andrews, UK), S. D. Baton, A. Benuzzi-Mounaix (LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, France), A. Morace, Y. Okano, Y. Inubushi, H. Nishimura, R. Kodama (Osaka University, Japan) Y. Aglitskiy (Science Applications International Corporation, USA), K. Jakubowska (IPPLM, Warsaw, Poland). The work was also partially supported by the Competitiveness Program of NRNU MEPhI, Russia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Bordeaux, CNRS, CEA, CELIA, UMR 5107TalenceFrance
  2. 2.Department of Plasma PhysicsNational Research Nuclear University MEPhIMoscowRussia

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