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Kinetic simulations of ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions and a novel method of generating odd harmonics
Author(s): Scott C. Wilks; William L. Kruer; Warren B. Mori
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Paper Abstract

We report on the computer simulation results for a new laser plasma interaction regime, concentrating on the collisionless, kinetic nature of the plasma motion. It is found that even for normal incidence, the absorption of the laser light by the plasma electrons near critical can be as high as 60%, and that the temperature of the hot electrons produced can be predicted simply by knowing the associated ponderomotive potential of the incident laser. We also describe a new odd harmonic generation mechanism due to the interaction of the laser with the plasma electrons near critical.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1860, Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications II, (8 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147562
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Scott C. Wilks, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
William L. Kruer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Warren B. Mori, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1860:
Short-Pulse High-Intensity Lasers and Applications II
Hector A. Baldis, Editor(s)

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