Macroscopic evidence of soliton formation in multiterawatt laser-plasma interaction

Marco Borghesi, S. Bulanov, D.H. Campbell, R.J. Clarke, Esirkepov T. Zh, M. Galimberti, L.A. Gizzi, A.J. Mackinnon, N. Naumova, F. Pegoraro, H. Ruhl, A. Schiavi, O. Willi

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Abstract

A novel physical phenomenon has been observed following the interaction of an intense (10(19) W/cm(2)) laser pulse with an underdense plasma. Long-lived, macroscopic bubblelike structures have been detected through the deflection that the associated electric charge separation causes in a proton probe beam. These structures are interpreted as the remnants of a cloud of relativistic solitons generated in the plasma by the ultraintense laser pulse. This interpretation is supported by an analytical study of the soliton cloud evolution, by particle-in-cell simulations, and by a reconstruction of the proton-beam deflection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number135002
Pages (from-to)135002-1-135002-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume88(13)
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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