Laser Produced Plasma

Kinema Research has recently become involved in research on Warm Dense Matter (WDM) in collaboration with Richard W. Lee and Hyun-Kyung Chung at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We are developing the FLYCHK [1, 2] code for WDM plasma spectroscopy calculations. See References [1]-[4] and the abstract below.

Non-Equilibrium Modeling of Warm Dense Matter

H.-K. Chung (LLNL), W. L. Morgan (Kinema Research), and R. W. Lee (LLNL)

The advent of high brightness femtosecond hard x-ray free electron lasers will provide a new and challenging regime for plasma research. Illumination of solid materials by such light sources will produce highly non-equilibrium plasmas on time scales of tens of femtosecond having mean electron energies in the 1-10 eV range, very non-thermal electron energy distributions, and cold ions at near solid state density. We will discuss our research on modeling the plasma spectroscopy of such warm dense matter [1, 2] with emphasis on treating the electron interactions and non-Maxwell-Boltzmann energy distributions.

1. R. W. Lee, et al., Laser and Particle Beams 20, 527 (2002).

2. R. W. Lee, et al. J. Opt. Soc. Am B 20, 770 (2003).


1. “FLYCHK: An Extension to the K-Shell Spectroscopy Kinetics Model FLY”, H.-K. Chung, W. L. Morgan, and R. W. Lee, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer 81, 107 (2003).

2. “Population Kinetics Modeling For Non-LTE and Non-Maxwellian Plasmas Generated In Finite Temperature Dense Matter Experiments Arising From Short Pulse X-ray Sources”, H.-K. Chung, W. L. Morgan, and R. W. Lee, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Application (September 2003).

3. “FLYCHK: Generalized population kinetics and spectral model for rapid spectroscopic analysis for all elements”, H. K. Chung, M. H. Chen, W. L. Morgan, Y. Ralchenko, and R. W. Lee, High Energy Density Physics 1, 3 (2005).