Measurement of radiative shock properties by x-ray Thomson scattering.
- X-ray Thomson scattering has enabled us to measure the temperature of a shocked layer, produced in the laboratory, that is relevant to shocks emerging from supernovas. High energy lasers are used to create a shock in argon gas which is probed by x-ray scattering. The scattered, inelastic Compton feature allows inference of the electron temperature. It is measured to be 34 eV in the radiative precursor and ∼60 eV near the shock. Comparison of energy fluxes implied by the data demonstrates that the shock wave is strongly radiative.
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