By Andrea Macchi

ISBN-10: 9400761244

ISBN-13: 9789400761247

The continual pattern in the direction of better and better laser intensities has opened tips on how to new actual regimes and complicated functions of laser-plasma interactions, therefore stimulating novel connections with ultrafast optics, astrophysics, particle physics, and biomedical purposes. This booklet is basically orientated in the direction of scholars and younger researchers who have to gather swiftly a uncomplicated wisdom of this lively and swiftly altering learn box. To this objective, the presentation is concentrated on a variety of easy types and encouraging examples, and contains issues which emerged lately equivalent to ion acceleration, "relativistic engineering" and radiation friction. The contents are offered in a self-contained manner assuming just a easy wisdom of classical electrodynamics, mechanics and relativistic dynamics on the undergraduate (Bachelor) point, with out requiring any past wisdom of plasma physics. therefore, the publication could serve in numerous methods: as a compact textbook for lecture classes, as a brief and obtainable creation for the newcomer, as a short reference for the skilled researcher, and likewise as an creation to a couple nonlinear mathematical tools via examples in their software to laser-plasma modeling.

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Thus the threshold condition can be written as n0 1 := n1 sin θi 1 (1 − λ2 /D 2 )1/2 1+ λ2 . s. e. to the power of the beam P = π (D/2)2 I . 19) that depends only on the ratio between the plasma density n e and the cut-off density n c . This result, based on a very rough modeling, yields the correct scaling and order of magnitude of the commonly accepted value for the critical power that can be obtained from a fairly more rigorous theory for a Gaussian beam (Sect. 3). Due to the finite width of the laser beam, there will be a radial component of the ponderomotive force (Sect.

32) Notice that from now on we may drop for simplicity the suffixes 1 and 2 for r1 and x2 , as other variables with different scale do not appear anymore. We must however remember that the original definitions r1 = αr and x2 = α 2 x with r and x in units of c/ω, now imply that in the following r is normalized to α −1 (c/ω) = c/ω p and x to α −2 (c/ω) = α −1 (c/ω p ) = cω/ω2p , respectively. 33) that is obtained by combining the second of Eq. 30) with Poisson’s equation 2 ϕ = n − 1. The Θ-function is inserted since n cannot become negative: whenever ∇⊥ 2 γ < 0, then n = 0 indicating that electron cavitation has occurred.

Two of such conserved integrals, which will be useful for our case, are ∞ H= 0 |a| ˜4 |∇ ⊥ a| ˜2 − 2 16 d 2 r, ∞ P= |a| ˜ 2 d 2 r. 35), to the conservation of energy for a system whose Lagrangian does not depend explicitly on time. The conservation of P comes instead from “gauge” invariance: the Lagrangian is unaffected if the fields are multiplied by a phase factor eiε . e. to the pulse power that is conserved along the beam path. g. 101, for a direct proof that P is a constant). A useful relation that can be also proved in the 2D, cylindrically symmetric case is H= 1 4 ∞ 0 r 2 ∂x2 |a| ˜ 2 d 2 r.

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