Photon frequency up-shifting by an amplified plasma density wake due to two co-propagating laser pulses

Gaurav Raj, M. R. Islam, B. Ersfeld, D. A. Jaroszynski, DA Jaroszynski (Editor), A Rousse (Editor)

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Abstract

An analytical study of significant photon acceleration (frequency up-shift) in a plasma density wake produced by two laser pulses in the mildly relativistic and linearized regime is presented. The wake amplitude is amplified and its phase controlled using two coaxially, co-propagating laser pulses, which are considered to be identical but separated by a fixed time. A third probe pulse, with a variable delay, is considered as ``test particle'' or quasi-photon propagating through the amplified density wake, which experiences significant photon acceleration because of the local temporal and spatial variation of the permittivity. The evolution of the ``photon'' is studied using Hamiltonian theory. The significant frequency up-shift is much larger than that produced by the wake of a single relativistic laser pulse in the highly relativistic nonlinear wake regime. Our study demonstrates that the inter-pulse separation between the ``controlling'' pulse and the ``driver'' pulse, producing the amplified density wake, can provide an additional degree of freedom for tuning the maximum up-shift of the probe photon frequency.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventConference on Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources From Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Apr 200923 Apr 2009

Conference

ConferenceConference on Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources From Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period21/04/0923/04/09

Keywords

  • dual pulse scheme
  • phase space analysis
  • photon acceleration
  • amplified wakefield

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