Nonlinear optics above the power threshold for relativistic self-focusing

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Abstract

The nonlinear optical interactions of high-intensity and ultra-short duration laser pulses with plasmas are discussed. In these interactions, electrons are accelerated by plasma waves, which are driven by the displacement of plasma electrons by the longitudinal ponderomotive force of the laser light. It is shown that the field gradient of a plasma wave exceeds that of an RF linac by four orders of magnitude and accelerates a picosecond bunch of electrons with over 1-nC of charge per bunch in a low-emittance beam. Electron acceleration over distances exceeding the Rayleigh range is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages197-198
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: May 3 1998May 8 1998

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA
Period5/3/985/8/98

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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