Separation of ion component from solid hydrocarbon materials laser ablation

L Yun-Jie and T Tao and Z Bin and Z Jian, ACTA PHYSICA SINICA, 72, 075201 (2023).

DOI: 10.7498/aps.72.20230013

Plasma usually consists of multiple ion component. Ion-component separation occurs in various conditions, and profoundly affects the plasma dynamic evolution. In this work, ion-component separation in two- ion component plasma is investigated in the hydrodynamic condition. Starting from the Landau-Fokker-Planck equations of two-ion-component plasma, the ion transport equations are reduced through the Chapman- Enskog approach. The transport equations are then transformed into a set of linear algebraic equations and solved by expanding the perturbed ion distribution functions into the series of Sonine polynomials. The diffusive ion mass flows with inclusion of baro-diffusion, thermo- diffusion and electro-diffusion are thus obtained. With these efforts, the complete ion fluid equations are presented, which can be used to describe the processes of ion component separation. We evaluate ion- component separation in the case of a solid CH plate target ablated with a laser pulse, by solving the ion diffusion equation with the hydro states output from the one-dimensional radiative hydro code Multi-1D. The simulation results show that ion-component separation mainly occurs around ablation front and under-dense region, and that the effect of ion-species separation on plasma hydrodynamic evolution is minor and can be neglected. For those physical processes sensitive to ion concentration such as Thomson scattering, however, the effect of ion- component separation is significant, which means that ion-component separation should be included in the study of laser plasma interaction.

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