We demonstrate that in the interaction of a high-power laser pulse with a
structured solid-density plasma-channel, clear quantum signatures of stochastic
radiation emission manifest, disclosing a novel avenue to studying the
quantized nature of photon emission. In contrast to earlier findings we observe
that the total radiated energy for very short interaction times, achieved by
studying thin plasma channel targets, is significantly larger in a quantum
radiation model as compared to a calculation including classical radiation
reaction, i.e., we observe quantum anti-quenching. By means of a detailed
analytical analysis and a refined test particle model, corroborated by a full
kinetic plasma simulation, we demonstrate that this counter-intuitive behavior
is due to the constant supply of energy to the setup through the driving laser.
We comment on an experimental realization of the proposed setup, feasible at
upcoming high-intensity laser facilities, since the required thin targets can
be manufactured and the driving laser pulses provided with existing technology.