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Laser Plasma Physics: Forces and the Nonlinearity Principle
Author(s): Heinrich Hora
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Book Description

This book is an important reference work for the field of high-intensity and high-plasma-density laser–plasma interaction. It summarizes past advances and opens insights into the future. The book covers the essentials from a single particle to dense fluids, and from computational physics to applications for fusion energy or hadron cancer therapy. In addition, it contains clear explanations of the theory of electrodynamics, laser-driven hydrodynamics, Maxwell’s stress tensor and Lorentz force, complex refractive index, and relativistic effects in plasmas. Beyond these classical aspects, the book indicates where quantum and classical theory converge. Topics new to this edition include: an introduction to the ponderomotive potential and an overview of related phenomena, including hydrodynamic derivation of nonlinear forces; Richard Feynman and the nonlinearity principle; application of ultrahigh plasma block acceleration for electrons above GeV energy; extremely dense ion blocks for non-thermal picosecond ignition of fusion; and the very first approach to economical power generation using boron fusion with complete exclusion of nuclear radiation problems.

Book Details

Date Published: 7 September 2016
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781628412956
Volume: PM250

Table of Contents
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Table of Contents


1 Introduction to the Ponderomotion Processes and Overview of Related Phenomena

2 Elementary Plasma Properties and Hydrodynamics
2.1 Definition of Plasma
2.2 Elementary Plasma Parameters
2.3 Hydrodynamics
2.4 Concept of Microscopic Plasma Theory

3 Electrodynamics and Plasma
3.1 Maxwell's Equations
3.2 Derivation of the Lorentz Force
3.3 Schluter's Two-Fluid Equations and Optical Properties of Plasma
3.4 Waves in Inhomogeneous Media and Phase between E and H

4 Hydrodynamic Derivation of the Nonlinear Forces with Ponderomotion
4.1 Simple Derivation of the Nonlinear Force for Perpendicular Incidence
4.2 Ponderomotive and Nonponderomotive Terms: Predominance of the Nonlinear Force
4.3 Numerical and Experimental Results
4.4 Problem at Oblique Incidence
4.5 General Derivation of the Nonlinear Force and Hydrodynamic Foundation of the Maxwell Stress Tensor
4.6 Generalized Ohm's Law and Solitons

5 Hydrodynamic Plasma Properties with the Nonlinear Force
5.1 Momentum Transfer
5.2 Ponderomotion: The Electric Analogy to Alfven Waves
5.3 Ponderomotive and Relativistic Self-Focusing

6 Single-Particle Derivation of the Nonlinear Force
6.1 Quiver Drift and Electric Double Layers
6.2 The Boreham Experiment Concluding Longitudinal Optical Fields and Prediction of the Meyerhofer Forward Drift
6.3 A Remark on Stephen Hawking and the Nonlinearity Principle
6.4 Double Layers and the Genuine Two-Fluid Model. Stuttering Interaction and Laser Beam Smoothing

7 Advanced Laser Acceleration of Electrons
7.1 Free Wave Accelerator
7.2 Umstadter Experiment of MeV Electrons
7.3 Nonlinearity Solves Linear Superposition Question of the Lawson-Woodworth Problem
7.4 A Scale for Maximum Electron Energy
7.5 Paraxial Approximation and Exact Presentation of the Laser Field
7.6 Phase Dependence of the Relativistic Acceleration of Electrons in the Laser Fields in Vacuum
7.7 Concluding Remarks

8 Ultra-fast Acceleration of Plasma Blocks by the Nonlinear Force
8.1 Extreme Light: Chirped Pulse Amplification
8.2 Theoretical Prediction and Measurement of Ultrahigh Acceleration
8.3 Picoseond Plasma Block Initiation for Fusion
8.4 Block Ignition Updated by Chu-Bobin Fusion Flames
      8.4.1 Optimum thickness of accelerated plasma blocks and reduced thresholds
      8.4.2 Inhibition factor
      8.4.3 Collective effect for alpha particle stopping
      8.4.4 Hydrodynamic calculations
      8.4.5 Fusion reactions and high-speed flame fronts

9 Laser-Driven Fusion with Nanosecond Pulses
9.1 General Approach
9.2 A Preliminary View
9.3 Historical Remarks on Volume Ignition
9.4 Volume Ignition Compared with Spark Ignition
9.5 Self-Similar Volume Compression Agrees with Measured Fusion Gains
9.6 Thermal Compression and Volume Ignition of Boron Fusion
9.7 Outlook for Volume Ignition for NIF Conditions

10 Laser-Driven Fusion Energy with Picosecond Pulses for Block Ignition
10.1 New Aspects by Subpicosecond Laser Pulses
10.2 New Results for Boron Fusion
10.3 From Plane Geometry to Usable Irradiation
10.4 Solutons with Ultra-high Magnetic Fields
10.5 Measured Avalanche Boron Reaction for an Absolutely Clean Fusion Power Station
10.6 Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Collective Interaction of Plasma Blocks


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