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Interaction of strong laser pulses with a thin slab of overdense plasma
Author(s): Sergei V. Bulanov; G. Dudnikova; F. Pegoraro; V. A. Vshivkov; M. Fedoruk; D. Romanov; T. Lisejkina
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Paper Abstract

Extremely large e.m. fields can be generated in plasmas by high intensity laser pulses. Several aspects of their generation and of their effect on the plasma and on the laser pulse have been discussed recently. In particular, the nonlinear interaction of an ultraintense laser pulse with a thin foil modifies the shape, the frequency content and the polarization of the pulse. A 2D3V particle in cell code has been developed and its characteristic features are described. Two examples of the results obtained are presented. These simulations show that the relativistic transparency of a thin foil leads to the sharpening of the laser pulse. In addition they show that a quasistatic magnetic field is generated at the foil surface.

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Date Published: 21 October 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3485, 11th International Vavilov Conference on Nonlinear Optics, (21 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328290
Show Author Affiliations
Sergei V. Bulanov, General Physics Institute (Russia)
G. Dudnikova, Institute for Computational Technologies (Russia)
F. Pegoraro, Pisa Univ. and INFM (Italy)
V. A. Vshivkov, Institute for Computational Technologies (Russia)
M. Fedoruk, Institute for Computational Technologies (Russia)
D. Romanov, Institute for Computational Technologies (Russia)
T. Lisejkina, Institute for Computational Technologies (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3485:
11th International Vavilov Conference on Nonlinear Optics
Sergei G. Rautian, Editor(s)

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