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Nonlinear wakefield generation and relativistic optical guiding of intense laser pulses in plasmas
Author(s): Eric Esarey; Phillip Sprangle; Antonio C. Ting
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Paper Abstract

1407_46The generation of nonlinear plasma wakefields by an intense, short laser pulse and the relativistic optical guiding of intense laser pulses in plasmas are studied with a nonlinear, self-consistent model of laser-plasma interactions. Nonlinear steepening and period lengthening of the plasma waves are observed, and expressions are obtained for various nonlinear wakefield quantities. Relativistic focusing with the self-consistent plasma response shows that laser pulse fronts and laser pulses shorter than a plasma wavelength, 2(pi) c/(omega) (rho ), are not relativistically guided and will continuously erode due to diffraction.

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Date Published: 1 April 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1407, Intense Microwave and Particle Beams II, (1 April 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43516
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Esarey, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Phillip Sprangle, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Antonio C. Ting, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1407:
Intense Microwave and Particle Beams II
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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