Relativistic channeling of a picosecond laser pulse in a near-critical preformed plasma

Marco Borghesi, A.J. MacKinnon, L. Barringer, R. Gaillard, L.A. Gizzi, C. Meyer, O. Willi, A. Pukhov, J. MeyerterVehn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

205 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Relativistic self-channeling of a picosecond laser pulse in a preformed plasma near critical density has been observed both experimentally and in 3D particle-in-cell simulations. Optical probing measurements indicate the formation of a single pulsating propagation channel, typically of about 5 mu m in diameter. The computational results reveal the importance in the channel formation of relativistic electrons traveling with the light pulse and of the corresponding self-generated magnetic field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-882
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume78
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Relativistic channeling of a picosecond laser pulse in a near-critical preformed plasma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this