Terahertz radiation from plasma filament generated by two-color laser gas–plasma interaction

K. K. Magesh Kumar, M. Kumar, T. Yuan, Z. M. Sheng, M. Chen

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We develop a theoretical model for terahertz (THz) radiation generation, when an intense short laser pulse (ω1, k 1) is mixed with its frequency shifted second harmonic (ω2, k 2), where ω2 = 2ω1 + ωT and ωT is in the THz range in the plasma. The lasers exert a ponderomotive force on the electrons and drive density perturbations at (2ω1, 2k 1) and (ω2 − ω1, k 2 − k 1). These density perturbations couple with the oscillatory velocities of the electron due to the lasers and produce a nonlinear current at (ω2 − 2ω1, k 2 − 2k 1). This current acts as an antenna to produce the THz radiation. The THz power depends upon the square of plasma density and , where I 1 and I 2 are the intensities of fundamental and second harmonic laser. The radiation is mainly along the forward direction. Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations are used to study the near-field radiation properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-479
Number of pages7
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number03
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • two-colour laser
  • plasma filament
  • terahertz radaiation


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