Dynamics of relativistic laser pulses in plasmas

Bengt Eliasson, Chuan-Sheng Liu, Padma Shukla, Naveen Kumar

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Abstract

The dynamics of intense laser pulses in plasmas are investigated both theoretically and numerically. The linear growth and nonlinear saturation of relativistic stimulated Raman scattering of plasmons are investigated by means of a nonlinear dispersion relation and via direct Vlasov simulations. We observe acceleration of electrons up to ultra-relativistic energies by a positive electrostatic potential that is created by intense short laser pulses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-638
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica Scripta
Volume73
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2006

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Keywords

  • plasma
  • relativistic
  • laser

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