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Intense laser pulse propagation, optical guiding, and wakefield generation in plasma
Author(s): Eric Esarey; Phillip Sprangle; Jonathan Krall; G. Joyce
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Paper Abstract

The nonlinear, self-consistent propagation of ultra-intense, subpicosecond laser pulses in plasmas is analyzed. Large amplitude wakefields are generated when the laser pulse length is approximately equal to the plasma wavelength. Relativistic optical guiding is found to be ineffective in preventing diffraction of pulses with lengths less than the plasma wavelength. Short, intense laser pulses can be effectively guided with preformed plasma density channels. Simulations based on a 2D-axisymmetric fluid model are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1629, Intense Microwave and Particle Beams III, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137156
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Esarey, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Phillip Sprangle, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Krall, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Joyce, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1629:
Intense Microwave and Particle Beams III
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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