Propagation of intense laser pulses in strongly magnetized plasmas

X. H. Yang*, W. Yu, H. Xu, M. Y. Yu, Z. Y. Ge, B. B. Xu, H. B. Zhuo, Y. Y. Ma, F. Q. Shao, M. Borghesi

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Abstract

Propagation of intense circularly polarized laser pulses in strongly magnetized inhomogeneous plasmas is investigated. It is shown that a left-hand circularly polarized laser pulse propagating up the density gradient of the plasma along the magnetic field is reflected at the left-cutoff density. However, a right-hand circularly polarized laser can penetrate up the density gradient deep into the plasma without cutoff or resonance and turbulently heat the electrons trapped in its wake. Results from particle-in-cell simulations are in good agreement with that from the theory. (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224103
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • ACCELERATION
  • GENERATION
  • ELECTRONS
  • IGNITION
  • DRIVEN

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Yang, X. H., Yu, W., Xu, H., Yu, M. Y., Ge, Z. Y., Xu, B. B., Zhuo, H. B., Ma, Y. Y., Shao, F. Q., & Borghesi, M. (2015). Propagation of intense laser pulses in strongly magnetized plasmas. Applied Physics Letters, 106(22), [224103]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4922228