Explosion of Atom Clusters in a Free-Electron Intense Laser Pulse
M. Rusek and A. Or³owski
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
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Received: March 30, 2004
The explosion of rare-gas atomic clusters induced by short, intense X-ray pulses generated by a free-electron laser is studied. A numerical approach for an explicitly time-dependent description of small to medium size clusters in 3D is developed within the Thomas--Fermi model. Such an approach, though strongly simplified in comparison to fully quantum-mechanical schemes, is nevertheless expected to yield a qualitatively correct description of the electronic and ionic dynamics of these systems, at a much lower computational cost.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.105.425
PACS numbers: 36.40.--c, 32.80.Rm, 42.50.Hz, 07.05.Tp