Generation of fast electrons by breaking of a laser-induced plasma wave

TitleGeneration of fast electrons by breaking of a laser-induced plasma wave
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsR Trines, V.V Goloviznin, L.PJ Kamp, T.J Schep
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume63
Number2
Paginationart. no.-026406
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1063-651X
Abstract

A one-dimensional model for fast electron generation by an intense, nonevolving laser pulse propagating through an underdense plasma has been developed. Plasma wave breaking is considered to be the dominant mechanism behind this process, and wave breaking both in front of and behind the laser pulse is discussed. Fast electrons emerge as a short bunch, and the electrostatic field of this bunch is shown to limit self-consistently the amount of generated fast electrons.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevE.63.026406
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