Pair production by a strong wakefield excited by lasers in a magnetized plasma

L. A. Rios, A. Serbeto, J. T. Mendonca, P. K. Shukla, R. Bingham

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Abstract

The production of electron-positron pairs due to accelerated electrons in a magnetized plasma is considered. The high-energy electrons are produced during laser-plasma interactions in the presence of spontaneously produced magnetic fields. By using a classical fluid description, we analyze the generation of electrostatic wakefields at the plasma wave-breaking limit and estimate the number of produced pairs for different situations. We note that, in some cases, the presence of the magnetic field can increase the number of produced pairs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics
Volume103
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006

Keywords

  • accelerated electrons
  • magnetized plasma
  • high-energy electrons
  • laser-plasma interactions
  • plasma wave

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