Evolution of a plasma waveguide created during relativistic-ponderomotive self-channeling of an intense laser pulse

S. Y. Chen, G. S. Sarkisov, A. Maksimchuk, R. Wagner, D. Umstadter

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Abstract

An on-axis plasma density depression channel was observed during and after the passage of a relativistically and ponderomotively self-guided laser pulse through a plasma. Optical interferometry was used to produce time-resolved plasma density distributions, revealing the formation of a plasma waveguide. These results were complemented by the guiding of a collinear trailing pulse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2610-2613
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume80
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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