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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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
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jun 2015



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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].