Basic Plasma Physics

HiPER opens up the possibility to study basic plasma physics such as the propagation of electro-magnetic radiation in underdense media. Effects such as self-focusing (pondermotive and relativistic), self-guiding, Raman and Brillouin instabilities can occur when a photon pulse propagates in underdense media. A specially designed chamber several meters long will allow study of these phenomena over much longer distances that have previously been studied.

Laser Plasma Interaction

Due to the tight focusing conditions required by existing laser facilities, the currently accessible parameter space is far from the one dimensional geometry required for a meaningful study of many instabilities and interactions. The high energy of HiPER will remove this restriction, allowing large volumes of materials to be irradiated to high intensities, thus providing a quantitative tool for fundamental plasma physics studies.