Vacuum Heating vs. Resonance Absorption in the Solid to Plasma Transition of fs-Laser-Irradiated Iron and Aluminum

  • Mikal K. Grimes
  • Yun-Shik Lee
  • Michael C. Downer
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 63)


Femtosecond reflectivity measurements on Fe and Al targets provide evidence for the vacuum heating absorption mechanism. The effect occurs for obliquely incident laser pulses polarized in the plane of incidence at intensities above 1014 W/cm2. The electron oscillation normal to the surface leads to this widely predicted absorption effect, whose first experimental observation is reported in the current work.


Resonance Absorption Plasma Transition Incident Laser Pulse Vacuum Heating Overdense Plasma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikal K. Grimes
    • 1
  • Yun-Shik Lee
    • 2
  • Michael C. Downer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.The Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciencethe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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