Saturation of beat-excited plasma waves by electrostatic mode coupling

C. Darrow, D. Umstadter, T. Katsouleas, W. B. Mori, C. E. Clayton, C. Joshi

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The nature of plasma waves which are resonantly excited when two laser beams beat in a rippled-density plasma is explored both theoretically and experimentally. A theoretical model is presented which, for commonly encountered experimental parameters, predicts rapid saturation of the highphase-velocity beat wave at an amplitude below that expected for relativistic detuning. Results of experimental studies of this process are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2629-2632
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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