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Phys Rev Lett. 2003 Apr 18;90(15):155001. Epub 2003 Apr 16.

Anomalous resistivity resulting from MeV-electron transport in overdense plasma.

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Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan.


Laser produced hot electron transport in an overdense plasma is studied by three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. Hot electron currents into the plasma generate neutralizing return currents in the cold plasma electrons, leading to a configuration which is unstable to electromagnetic Weibel and tearing instabilities. The resulting current filaments self-organize through a coalescence process finally settling into a single global current channel. The plasma return current experiences a strong anomalous resistivity due to diffusive flow of cold electrons in the magnetic perturbations. The resulting electrostatic field leads to an anomalously rapid stopping of fast MeV electrons (almost 3 orders of magnitude stronger than that through classical collisional effects).

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