Laser propagation in dense magnetized plasma

S. X. Luan, W. Yu, F. Y. Li, D. Wu, Z. M. Sheng, M.Y. Yu, J. Zhang

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Abstract

A right-hand circularly polarized electromagnetic wave can propagate in a sufficiently magnetized plasma of any density without cutoff in the so-called whistler mode. With the recent realization of tens-kilotesla magnetic fields, laser propagation in highly magnetized high-density plasmas has become of practical interest, especially for heating plasmas to high energy density and igniting fusion targets. In this paper, the whistler regime of laser-plasma interaction is discussed. It is shown that moderately intense right-hand circularly polarized laser light can enter and propagate in high-density plasma and heat it efficiently because of the significantly reduced wave length and speed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053207
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume94
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • laser propagation
  • magnetized plasma
  • laser-plasma interaction
  • high-density plasma
  • electromagnetic wave

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