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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.