Plasma density measurements using chirped pulse broad-band Raman amplification

Vieux, Gregory and Ersfeld, Bernhard and Farmer, John Patrick and Hur, Min Sup and Issac, Riju and Jaroszynski, Dino (2013) Plasma density measurements using chirped pulse broad-band Raman amplification. Applied Physics Letters, 103 (12). ISSN 0003-6951

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    Abstract

    Stimulated Raman backscattering is used as a non-destructive method to determine the density of plasma media at localized positions in space and time. By colliding two counter-propagating, ultra-short laser pulses with a spectral bandwidth larger than twice the plasma frequency, amplification occurs at the Stokes wavelengths, which results in regions of gain and loss separated by twice the plasma frequency, from which the plasma density can be deduced. By varying the relative delay between the laser pulses, and therefore the position and timing of the interaction, the spatio-temporal distribution of the plasma density can be mapped out.