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Propagation of a weakly nonlinear laser pulse in a curved plasma channel

Reitsma, A.J.W. and Jaroszynski, D.A. (2007) Propagation of a weakly nonlinear laser pulse in a curved plasma channel. Physics of Plasmas, 14 (5). 053104. ISSN 1070-664X

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Abstract

In this paper, the propagation of a high intensity laser pulse in a curved plasma channel is studied. The matching conditions, which are different from straight plasma channels, are examined. The analysis includes a study of centroid and spot size oscillations, relativistic self-focusing, and the effect of wakefields on the propagation of the laser pulse. The possible application of curved plasma channels in laser wakefield acceleration is discussed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 17164
Keywords: self-focussing, channeling, filamentation, plasmas, Laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions, nonlinear phenomena, waves, wave propagation, electrostatic wave, oscillations, relativistic plasma, high intensity laser pulse, curved plasma channel, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Subjects: Science > Physics
Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 14:15
Last modified: 21 May 2015 11:39
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/17164

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