Instability and dynamics of two nonlinearly coupled laser beams in a plasma

P.K. Shukla, B. Eliasson, M. Marklund, L. Stenflo, Ioannis Kourakis, M. Parviainen, M.E. Dieckmann

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The nonlinear interaction between two laser beams in a plasma is investigated in the weakly nonlinear and relativistic regime. The evolution of the laser beams is governed by two nonlinear Schrodinger equations that are coupled with the slow plasma density response. A nonlinear dispersion relation is derived and used to study the growth rates of the Raman forward and backward scattering instabilities as well of the Brillouin and self-focusing/modulational instabilities. The nonlinear evolution of the instabilities is investigated by means of direct simulations of the time-dependent system of nonlinear equations. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053104
Pages (from-to)053104-1-053104-7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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